Auditory Sensory Toys
Individuals with special needs, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), present with a range of sensory needs. With sensory sensitivities to stimulation such as light and sound, it’s helpful to have tools and toys that help regulate the environment.
With more control over their sensory experiences, people with different disabilities can feel safe and comfortable while developing new skills. At Enabling Devices, we carry various auditory sensory toys that support needs, from items that promote calmness to those that target selective auditory hearing.
The Importance of Auditory Toys
Many people with special needs experience sensory sensitivities that impact their daily life. Auditory processing issues can manifest as oversensitivity or limited sensitivity to noise.
While some people may benefit from noise-canceling ear coverings to focus, others need auditory toys and devices as a form of stimulation. Auditory processing is an essential skill for selective auditory development, which is fundamental to speech and language development.
Auditory toys help people regulate the sensory environment. For hypersensitivity, these tools allow the user to be more comfortable in their environment. For limited sensitivity, people can use the toys to find the stimulation they’re looking for. Regardless of processing characteristics, auditory sensory tools can give individuals the sensory control they need to optimize participation in their environment.
Types of Auditory Sensory Toys
Auditory sensory toys have many uses, including acting as a calming aid, enhancing user focus, stimulating the senses, and entertaining. Many auditory toys offer consistent and controllable sounds that allow users to modulate their sensory environments. These instruments can help users create an ideal environment for learning by improving auditory attention.
Other types of auditory sensory tools act as teaching devices in themselves. These toys facilitate auditory attention, so users can improve their processing abilities with practice. The sensory toys can also help individuals with hearing impairments and auditory processing disorders with the development of auditory processing skills.
How Auditory Stimulation Works
Auditory stimulation triggers specific auditory processes, like recognition or discrimination. These auditory skills allow us to separate one sound from another, and they can help our brains filter out unwanted background noise.
When a person experiences auditory sensitivity, the amygdala pays more attention to sounds than it needs to. This part of the brain sends signals to the rest of the body, causing a fight-or-flight response. When the amygdala is sensitive, it is unable to filter or ignore everyday background noises like ticking clocks and electronic vibrations, so many situations can cause overstimulation.
Sensory toys and tools can help the user engage with their senses, promoting social interaction, learning and environmental play exploration.
Our Auditory Sensory Toys
At Enabling Devices, we carry various tools and toys that support auditory processing needs. Some of our items include:
- Sound-canceling tools: Our Vibes Hi-Fidelity earplugs prevent sensitive ears from consuming too much auditory information.
- Sensory kits: In our Sensory Kit and Autism Spectrum Disorder kit, you can find helpful sensory tools, like the Sensational Tubes and the Somatosensory Tube, for teaching localized sound.
- Volume settings: Many of our toys come with adjustable volume to accommodate the sensory experience to a user’s sensitivity level.
With our vast range of auditory sensory toys, you can find a product that fits a range of sensitivity needs.
Shop Our Auditory Sensory Toys
At Enabling Devices, we understand the importance of regulating a sensory environment and practicing auditory processing. Our auditory sensory tools are helpful for anybody with processing needs. Browse our selection of sound toys and tools today.