ERIC Number: ED384183
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-May-22
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A Retrospect of the History of White Sounds and Applications in the Dental, Medical and Educational Communities.
Shimozono, Catherine A.
This paper reviews research on the use of white sounds (relaxing background sounds such as water or ocean waves) with people in a variety of situations and in the education of children with learning disabilities. Applications reported include the following: toilet-training toddlers; encouraging sleep in neonates; inducing relaxation in dental patients and patients with diagnoses of suspected myocardial infarction; inducing sleep in young adults; facilitating mathematical problem solving by students; and encouraging relaxation in cancer, heart, and post-surgery patients. The use of white sounds in a classroom setting with eight children having a variety of learning disabilities is then reported. Results strongly support the use of white sounds as a non-evasive, highly effective way to mask out all extemporaneous stimuli for children with reading difficulties or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. (Contains 15 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Adults, Attention Control, Auditory Stimuli, Dentistry, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Disabilities, Medical Services, Noise (Sound), Remedial Instruction, Special Health Problems
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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