Misophonia treatment for children
Children under 10 are too young for misophonia treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Sequent Repatterning hypnotherapy, or other forms of talk therapy. But there are treatment techniques that can be implemented with these misophonic children that can reduce the actual misophonic response.
1. Improving Child Cooperation and Mood.
In many cases, parents can benefit from applying positive (behavioral) parenting skills such as those on my website 3LParenting.com (3L stands for Love, Laughter, and Limits). These skills can greatly reduce conflict, improve cooperation, and reduce stress and tension. They can be used to help siblings cooperate (and comply) with a family misophonia management plan as well as helping the child with misophonia. Clear expectations and appropriate rewards (used strategically) can also improve your miso-child’s attitude and the overall mood in your home. This will have the effect of improving your child’s state of well-being, which generally reduces misophonia severity .
My primary career is that of a parenting coach and a parenting skills trainer. I would love nothing more than to be able to be of help to you with your parenting challenges, including those brought on by misophonia. Misophonia is a significant factor in parenting and family dynamics and is often the source of serious conflict. This conflict and upheaval can be drastically reduced with good behavioral interventions. 3LParenting.com has free parenting videos, but applying the principles and skills often requires professional help for difficult situations, such as a child with misophonia and siblings that are less than 100% cooperative. I routinely work with parents by internet video-chat. Contact me if you want to try this (tom@3LParenting.com).
2.Family Misophonia Management Plan.
A family misophonia management plan is critical with a young child. It takes advanced planning and decisions on who will eat where and when, is food allowed in the car. Should your miso-child wear noise canceling headphones with a noise app. Note that only Bose and Parrott Zik offer good cancelling of trigger sounds, except for sniffing. As a family, you need to decide how to not force your miso-child to hear triggers. This is not a one-way sacrifice – everyone should share the burden. But it is imperative that your miso-child cooperate with this plan. (See the section above for cooperation issues.)
3.Neural Repatterning Technique (NRT) to Reduce Misophonic Reflex.
Neural Repatterning is a method of changing the brain response to triggers. This works best when there are specific triggers by specific family members. For adults, this treatment is often provided using the Trigger Tamer app, but for children, it is accomplished with games such as pillow fights, tickling, and wrestling. Tom Dozier can teach you these techniques so that you , the parent, can provide the treatment session for your child. It is also advisable to develop a treatment plan and have professional guidance by Tom Dozier or another competent professional. This treatment reverses the progression of the misophonic reflex, so that when your child hears a trigger, the response is greatly reduce (and perhaps eliminated).
I hope that if you have a young child with misophonia, that you take action to reduce the typical progression of this condition. Generally triggers become more severe, spread from one family member to others in the family, then spread to non-family members, and new triggers develop. I work with individuals and families by internet video-chat. It is not quite as good as meeting in person, but it is close. If you would like help with your child’s misophonia, please email me at email@example.com or call me at 925-371-1576. I am happy to help, and I offer a satisfaction-money-back guarantee.