Wirecutter, owned by the New York Times, just did a piece on great gifts. The PURO BT2200 models were featured because they are child-sized NOISE-LIMITING headphones with a BUILT-IN MIC, which is great for virtual school participation.
I am recommending them because they will not destroy your child’s hearing. They max out at 85 decibels. No matter what your kid does with the volume bar on your iPhone, these headphones will save their hearing. You can stream from your iPhone wirelessly from 30 feet. That means it will work with Quickshifts and Modulated auditory/sensory processing treatment programs.
Readers know how effective I believe therapeutic listening can be for kids Quickshifts: A Simple, Successful, and Easy to Use Treatment For Regulation, Attention, and Postural Activation , but using speakers isn’t ideal. Finding headphones that your kid will keep on their head isn’t easy, and nobody wants a fight during a pandemic (or any other time, to be honest).
The new over-ear ear cups are big and soft, making longer listening times easier. They only fit the NEW headphones though, so if you want them, you will have to buy the current model of the BT2200. The new BT2200’s are $85, so you can give the old model to your other kid(s) and use the new one for your kid doing therapeutic listening. The large ear cups are $15. This is a really affordable buy-in for high-quality headphones for sensory treatment at home in the middle of a pandemic. For kids who cannot get in-person treatment, this is one way to make a big difference in their sensory processing without direct contact.
They come with an extended warranty, and since kids throw things, I do recommend buying it. The one-year warranty is good, but the extra coverage means you can breathe a little.