Steven has always had an issue with loud noises. He was totally freaked out when a girl screamed right in his ear one day at nursery. The Dyson hand driers in public toilets in Brighton terrify him. They have to warn him at school each time they test the fire alarms. That kind of thing.
They have a karate club after school every Tuesday. I took him last year to have a go and he was fine until they started doing all their shouting. Then he ran over to me and sat on my lap with his hands over his ears for the rest of the lesson.
Last week he asked if he could go again. I reminded him about the shouting. He said he still wanted to go.
Well he loved it and is already asking when he gets his special suit with the coloured belt. :D