The constant noise produced by wind turbines can have detrimental effects on all children, but especially children with Special Needs. Children with Autism and Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) are particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of intrusive noise. Children and adults who live with these disorders have difficulty processing auditory sensory input; they often do not possess the ability to filter noises. Thus they may hear all noises at the same level. The noise created from wind turbines would produce a noise that can cause continuous auditory sensory overload. This would result in severe interruptions in the person’s ability to concentrate and focus. Many children with Autism do not have the communications skills to affectively communicate their needs, thus the constant wind turbine noise, coupled with communication deficits, could result in significant increases in aggressive behaviors among children with Autism. Aggressive behaviors could also increase in individuals with ADD/ADHD. Not addressing the needs of children with ADD/ADHD, could potentially lead to increased violent crime, as was proven Dr. Susan Young, of Broadmoor Hospital, who conducted research on the connection between ADD/ADHD and crime. Children with Autism or ADD/ADHD have enough trouble concentrating and focusing both in school and in life in general. The noise created by wind turbines could definitely cause interruptions in their ability to learn, concentrate, think and function. This noise would also negatively affect children and adults who are severely hearing impaired and have a cochlear implant. The microphone on a cochlear implant picks up noise from the environment, as well as speech sounds. The constant noise from the turbines would severely inhibit the ability of a person with a cochlear implant to process sounds, especially speech.
The intrusive sounds created by wind turbines do not only affect children with special needs, but also negatively affect all children. The constant noise can negatively affect the physical and mental well being of all children. The cardiovascular system, central nervous system, memory, language processing and cognition as well as learning abilities can all be affected by intrusive noises, such as the noise made from wind turbines.
Before forging ahead with wind turbines, more research needs to be done regarding the life-long complications arising from them.
Julie Eby B.A., E.A.
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