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Sound-blocking Devices


Using earplugs or headphones can increase focus and comfort. Reducing sensory input can support greater Attention for all learners and can help learners with sensory sensitivity not become overwhelmed. This is especially true during independent reading, when distractions can be problematic.

Use It in the Classroom

Learn how this teacher provides noise cancelling headphones as a tool for students to use during independent work. Having these headphones available as an option for students allows them to decide when they need to use them to help them focus.

  • When students are overstimulated by sound or have high sensory avoidance, sound-blocking devices can support their sensory integration for learning in a classroom. Providing students with noise cancelling headphones during independent work and reading periods can help minimize distractions and focus Attention. Teachers can also teach Self-regulation skills and strategies to students so that, over time, they can implement them independently when necessary.
  • Design It into Your Product

  • Noise reduction headphones or earmuffs lower the overall decibel rate to limit background noise and distractions, which supports increased Attention and focus for learning. Products that diminish outside noises but allow human voices can help to limit distraction without completely isolating the student.
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