One of Little Guy's sensory issues deals with sound.
Loud noises, especially when unexpected, can be very problematic. He gets agitated and upset, and this behavior sometimes escalates into a full-blown meltdown. Circle time at preschool has been especially tricky, trying to balance his needs and the other children's eagerness to participate - sometimes, quite loudly. I've talked to the class, explaining that inside voices are appropriate for the classroom. I've also shared that Little Guy has "super ears", making sounds seem louder than they really are. These measures have helped, but there are still times when the entire class is reciting the pledge of allegiance or singing together that it is just too much for him.
So, I came up with a solution:
All during the month this hat has accompanied us to swim meets, ball games, and the preschool program. While it doesn't block every sound, it muffles and filters many noises at loud events, allowing Little Guy's anxiety levels to be much lower.
And the results?
I'd say they've been..."super" :)