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My little guy, who's 4, has recently been avoiding certain pants and shirts that I had bought for him because I liked how soft they were.

Finally, he has begun to verbalize why he is choosing other pants and shirts more to his liking - he tells me "I want all HARD clothes, mommy" - now in the morning, we joke as I choose his clothes...and he says "I want hard pants, a hard shirt, hard sock and hard underwear".

These clothes are usually button-down shirts with a very obvious collar around his neck, pants that have lots of pockets that he feels on the inside, and usually 2 button or something the opposite of the softer clothing that many children prefer.

He is seeking extra input....and gets it from his "HARD" clothing!

Love your posting and writing about your family - thank you for sharing...Ali (Nash) Lesch

Steven Michaelis

Dr. Alfred Tomatis, a French otolaryngologist, is recognised as the modern day originator of sound or music therapy. In the early 1950's he developed an effective therapy method using altered music to treat conditions such as auditory processing disorder, dyslexia, attention deficit disorder and autism. Another French doctor, Dr. Guy Bérard, developed a similar method, Auditory Integration Training (AIT), which has found many followers in the USA. From personal experience I know that many clients report improvements in understanding, speech, balance, behaviour and emotional well-being after just two or three weeks of daily sound therapy.

Sensory Activation Solutions (SAS) is an organisation with Centres in the U.K. and Turkey that provides a unique service for children and adults that face learning or developmental difficulties. When the established educational, psychological or medical services fail to provide adequate support, the SAS methodology often can provide practical solutions that result in noticeable improvements in daily life.

You may be interested to check out their Free Sound Therapy Home Programme. Their Auditory Activation Method builds on the pioneering work of Dr. Tomatis and Dr. Bérard and has been specifically developed with the aim to improve sensory processing, interhemispheric integration and cognitive functioning. It has helped many children and adults with a wide range of difficulties, ranging from dyslexia and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder to sensory processing disorders and autism. It is not a cure or medical intervention, but a structured training programme that can help alleviate some of the debilitating effects that these conditions can have on speech and physical ability, daily behaviour, emotional well-being and educational or work performance.

There is no catch, it's absolutely free and most importantly often effective. Check it out at: http://www.sascentre.com/uk/uk_free.html.


I do not know if this is the latest thinking, but the last time we explored the possibility of treating Declan's auditory processing disorder with Tomatis and AIT (which was recommended) we learned from our neurologist and from the Audiologist that it was not recommended for children who are at risk for seizures.



Thank you for your comments Ali! It's so interesting to see all of the different ways that sensory processing issues can present in different kids. Declan's symptoms also tend to change a lot. He used to not be able to step down on the bath mat in our bathroom (literally, when we picked him up out of the tub and went to stand him on the mat, his legs would spread apart to avoid it - it reminded me of trying to get the opposite poles of two magnets to touch). But now it is not an issue at all (maybe because we finally cleaned the bath mat? Kidding!)

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Thank you for the information, I haven't heard of anything like this. I feel sympathy towards people with that kind of problems...

Sensory processing disorder

Sensory processing disorder is called the neurological disorder. In this condition children are confused and they can not understand exactly, what they wants to do. Because brain can not detect the messages properly. Occupational therapy is the best treatment for this disorder.

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