Little Hands Blog

Article, News, Events and More...

Published in Autism Bay Area Magazine (Summer 2015): Auditory Sensitivity – Strategies for Tolerating Loud Voices, Sounds and Crowds

December 29, 2015

TOPICS: Autism

As published in Autism Bay Area Magazine (Summer 2015)

Children with varying degrees of sensitivities to sounds and auditory input present differently. This condition becomes distressing when the sensitivity prevents them from fully participating in their daily lives such as birthday parties, crowded restaurants and classrooms.

Children who have sensory processing challenges and/or autistic spectrum disorders often operate in “fight or flight” mode. In such cases, the brain interprets loud or high-pitched sounds as threatening and noxious. The child may respond to such auditory input by engaging in disorganized behavior in order to break free from the distressing sensory environment.

When these sensitivities impact full participation in daily living it’s clinically considered “abnormal” or “impacting function”.

Hypersensitivity to loud voices and sounds occurs for a variety of reasons:

  • Auditory processing disorder
  • Sensory processing challenges
  • Auditory hypo or hypersensitivity
  • Tactile sensitivity and/or anxiety

The top 10 ways to support auditory sensitivity…



Update on Little Hands Sessions During COVID

We are so excited to have many options for supporting our children and families here at Little Hands!
  • We are open for in-person clinic sessions with strict social distancing precautions and cleanliness protocols 
  • Outside therapy, we are fortunate to be able to utilize the amazing trails and outside expansive space at our clinic site in Corte Madera for outside therapy sessions
  • Virtual Therapy/Telehealth (via HIPAA compliant Zoom video conferencing platform). Download our PDF with information about Teletherapy.
  • Virtually consult with parents regarding home programs and managing children’s needs while out of school & summer camps (this is more important now than ever before!)

Summer Camp!

We are offering summer camp groups of 2-4 children per group (outside, inside, and virtual).  Learn more here or download the flyer.  Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any further questions.

Gabrielle Perelmuter
(415) 531-3027