When kids are overwhelmed, they can have a hard time focusing on the tasks in front of them. Whether it’s sitting in a Zoom class for remote learning or doing a worksheet in class, children often struggle with passive activities or work they don’t like to do and even more so if they have executive functioning difficulties or attention issues. During the best of times, some children have attention issues that impact their learning. Excessive stress can make the nervous system over-responsive, which could lead to over thought and worry. An excessive amount of worry can creep into your daily life – making it hard to focus. During the current pandemic, children and teens are dealing with an excessive amount of worry which means that even kids who normally focus well might be having attention issues. Kids’ nerves are stuck on overdrive and sensory experiences such as too much noise can produce intense reactions. Add fearful experiences such as the current pandemic, and you have even more reactivity.
Even if you think your home is quiet, the constant hum of electronics, the sound of traffic, and conversations in other rooms can be distracting for children. Even home design can impact the amount of noise pollution your child deals with. For example, open floor plans, high ceilings, and smooth surfaces like hardwood and tile floors amplify sound.
This is especially true for kids with misophonia. What is misophonia you might ask? Misophonia is a condition where a person has a severe sensitivity to specific sounds, even soft sounds. This sensitivity causes a range of emotions from anxiety to rage. Misophonia triggers are different from person to person but chewing and other mouth noises, humming, buzzing, etc. Those with anxiety or OCD have higher rates of Misophonia. Wondering if your child has anxiety? Check out this free download, Is it stress or anxiety? To learn more about pediatric obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and what OCD looks like in kids, read this blog.
Misophonia symptoms can interfere with your focus, so it is important to look at ways to reduce noise. Kids with ADHD are often very sensitive to noise because it is just another distraction for them.
The good news is that you don’t have to move or renovate your home to reduce noise pollution and sensory sensitivity. A lot of low cost or no-cost solutions exist. Whether you use these throughout the house or just in your child’s learning space, you can increase attention and boost learning with a few simple changes to the physical environment.
Always remember… “Calm Brain, Happy Family™”
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to give health advice and it is recommended to consult with a physician before beginning any new wellness regime.
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