Is that true that white noise helps ADHD children? I don’t know for certain if white noise (soothing background sounds) helps to calm the senses of ADHD children. White noise comes in many form. The easiest example of white noise is the sounds from the TV or radio.
You see, as of late, I noticed that my son likes to turn on the TV and just leave it there without even watching it. He just leave the TV on while he do something else to amuse himself with; playing with our pet cat, read hisÂ books, play with his toys, etc.
I wasn’t really happy with this behaviour because for one, it’s just wasting electricity cuz he’s not even watching the TV. He’s merely leaving it there just so that he could listen to it, even when he’s asleep.
My husband wasn’t exactly happy with this either, and each time we try to turn off the TV when the boy is asleep lately, he’ll wake up immediately and cry or throw tantrum. Yes, the boy gets very upset when we turned it off.
I was really furious with my boy’s incredulous behaviour until recently. I happen to stumble upon some exclusive forum where parents with ADHD and autistic children lurks and I was shocked to discover that some parents helps their ADHD children to settle down by leaving the TV on while their children are awake or asleep. Some children, and some adults who has ADD/ADHD in fact, needs the sound from TV to sleep. Some couldn’t simply sleep without it.
This is because the sound from TV… or radio is considered as some sort of white noise and helps people with ADD, ADHD or high functioning autism increase their concentration and helps them to settle down.
Not sure if medical practitioners has proven this method of increasing concentration in people who have ADD/ADHD or not, but I come to notice that with some ‘background sound’ like from the TV, the boy is better behaved and does his homework in a much more effective manner. He remembers what he learns more too.
So… is this to say that it’s just the same with people who needs music when they are at their working desk? I’m like that too when I’m working. I need some music when I’m writing because it helps me to shut out other noises and helps to stimulate my brain so that I could write more. That must be it. It’s almost the same thing.
So I guess the idiot box is not quite idiotic after all, since it can help my son to settle down a little bit more.
Cleffairy: Hell yes… the next time people tells me to turn the TV off when the boy is sleeping cuz it’s bad for him, I’m gonna tell them to F*** off cuz I know better and the one who is paying the bloody bills is me, and not them!