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Old 12-02-2012, 07:28 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I just finished "The Boy Who Loved Windows" and toward the end she mentioned a technique of pressing briefly on the palate & the lower teeth twice, 5-6 times a day for a week. She noted her son totally transformed within a day or two of doing this! I don't know what it's called and I don't know if there is any science behind it but I'm very tempted to try it. It seems pretty harmless and simple if it doesn't work, only issue is I can't even get DS to let me brush his teeth so putting a finger in his mouth seems scary!! (He's likely to bite.) Anyway, has anyone ever heard of or tried this technique?

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No, I have never heard of this. I was intrigued as I have a friend with an ASD child who experiences audio sensitivity, but google yielded nothing. I hope another poster replies.
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Both DH and DD have auditory hypersensitivity, and I have never heard of this as a coping technique or treatment before. How exactly does this work? I'm trying to figure out what the connection is between pressing on the palate and lower teeth, and the affect it would have on the ears..... I would be interested in hearing more!


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I guess there is a nerve that runs through the palate to the ears?? Something like that, I'm probably not using the right terms. I just might try it, if I can figure out how to not get bitten, because it seems at least worth a shot...

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I just did a quick search, does the facial nerve sound right to you?

 

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I'm not sure if dd would let me put my finger in her mouth to test this theory out. Did it mention in the book if the boy had auditory hypersensitivity, and if so how severely he was affected by it?


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Hmm facial nerve might have something to do with it, my brain isn't totally working this week so the article isn't making all that much sense to me lol. It wasn't described in the book much. He did have severe auditory sensitivity... this treatment seemed to lessen the sensitivity and they also saw other changes in him immediately (more cooperative, more organized with task execution like getting himself dressed, waking up happier, etc.)

I guess I am trying it. I got DS to let me do it twice today, I haven't gotten bitten yet, but it might take a few days to work up to 5-6x/day and I won't be surprised if he doesn't tolerate it long enough to see an effect! But I will update if I notice any changes in him...

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