Music and Williams Syndrome : Helping Lessen Hyperacusis

Welcome back, everyone. I was working with my client with Williams Syndrome and a lot of people with Williams Syndrome have hyperacusis which is a hyper sensitivity to sound – particularly loud noises. So, you have to be really sensitive when approaching this. But, I found a couple of things that seem to work really well. One is paring loud noises with dramatic, goofy, silly humor. You saw in that I was being this crazy monster and the only way to get rid of the monster was to play loud. I was trying to create positive associations with loud noises and making it fun, motivating and musical. The other thing I was doing was following my client’s lead. You have to be very respectful with clients with sound sensitivities. What I usually do is empower them by letting them conduct me in a sense and tell me louder or softer, faster or slower, or let them play the instrument and let them create loud sounds or soft sounds. So, following my client’s lead and really being sensitive to what his needs were so that we could have some fun, use music, make it motivating and create positive assoications with loud sounds.

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