I've been taking my DS to an occupational therapist for the last couple of months and she mentioned recently that his listening needs more work. She recommends some special headphones and music, but he really dislikes this task in her sessions and I'll be honest that I'm very dubious about it. Money is tight, and I want to spend it effectively iykwim.
My own observation of him is that his listening is either great or something he struggles with, and that when he is struggling it is part of a package. At these times he is seeking deep sensation, a bit hyper, and needs lots of physical play, bouncing and crashing etc.
So I'm not sure if listening is something that needs specific work. i know the obvious answer is that the OT is the expert, but she said it during a session which was unusually difficult - he was tired, a bit wound up after visiting relatives and the session was unfortunately during his rest/quiet time.
I was flicking through the Out of Sync Child workbook and exploring some of the ideas for games around listening but very little struck me as suiting him.
I know this is a fairly woolly post - I haven't quite got my finger on the problem to be able to ask the right questions but for the moment I'm curious to hear about other people's experiences, or ideas
Has anyone tried those headphone sets with modified music? Do you think they work, and why?
Has anyone any other thoughts or suggestions or experiences either with the listening, or with that general pattern that I described? (before discovering OT, I used to think he was reacting to some food because it was nearly like he was on drugs! I'd have been trying to stop him bouncing off cushions but now I find that encouraging it (safely) helps enormously)