sensitive, again

August 23, 2009 |  Category:   travels







Seems as if Claudine is reacting sensitively to certain things again. One day she was excited and thrilled to go on the carousal in Greenport, a town not too far away from where we were staying, and then 2 days later on a return trip back, I noticed that she was walking sluggishly toward the entrance with her head bowed down. I thought she was just acting goofy as she is prone to doing these days, but I when I asked her if she was excited to go back to the merry-go-round again, she immediately covered her ears with her fingers and started freaking out. Very strange. It’s been happening more often too, when things that are “scary” come on TV or when she randomly hears or is expecting to hear a loud noise. Sometimes she overcomes it – she found Jack Black to be extremely frightening when he guest starred on Yo Gabba Gabba and she’d turn her head away, cover her ears and look elsewhere until he left the screen, but now she finds him funny and is constantly asking us “You know what Jack Black can do?” while doing this one dance move. But like the carousal thing? I don’t get it when one day she is fine with something and the next she is not. It seems to have magnified ever since we tried taking her to the movie theater. Great, looks like we traumatized her from that experience!

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  • ChantaleP August 23, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    I think all kids go through this phase. There are some things they want to check out and deal with themselves (stop torturing yourself about the movie theatre experience!). My kid just yesterday freaked out over Transformers the cartoon but she managed to calm down and watch it with her buddy (no pushing or cajoling from anyone). So, patience… She’s a cutie that one!

  • Brenda August 23, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Is it loud or jarring noises (like the carousel music, anything Jack Black, definitely movies)? Maybe an inner ear thing? I was a a scaredy cat when I was little, so I sometimes worked up the courage to do something that looked really fun, and other times, all courage left me. Poor Claudine (and poor you!) – she has such a sweet face.

  • leslie August 23, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    My son has/had similar issues with sensory input. He used to be terrified of moving objects (i.e. merry-go-rounds, seesaws, swings w/o backs). He also got frightened from sudden sounds. For example, he used to be fine with our gardener and his lawn mower, but one day he completely lost it when our gardener came over. Lots of screaming and covering of the ears! I was baffled!

    Finally when he was 3 (he’s 7 now), he started receiving sensory integration services through our school district. And I am happy to say that he has made tremendous growth! He’s conquered many of his fears, and he’s currently working on new ones (i.e. fear of ferris wheels, roller coasters). We’re so proud of him!

    Of course every child and situation is different (and my son’s was extreme), but I thought I’d share our story with you. Sensory input challenges are pretty common, as I’ve learned. 😉

  • Kitty August 24, 2009 at 1:56 am

    Hmm my boss’s son gets upset, covers his ears + closes his eyes if something he doesn’t like comes on tv. He’s nearly 6.
    I guess everything can be a bit overwhelming at times…I wonder if sometimes children forget they are scared of something, then suddenly remember + freak out?

  • Pam August 24, 2009 at 8:49 am

    On Saturday night, we went to our local Greek restaurant. The large table by us ordered 4 orders of Saganaki, the flaming cheese and the waiter brought it out seconds after we sat down. After seeing the flames and hearing the mild shouts of “opa!!”, I had to spend the entire dinner with one hand on my 2 Y.O.’s ears. If she had had her way, both of my hands would’ve been covering both her ears. Imagine trying to rip bread with 1 hand – I was still hungry after we finally left the restaurant. We are totally going through the same thing right now. My once fearless little girl is now this little scardy cat. I truly hope this is just a phase and I’m trying really hard to be patient and understanding and comforting, but when I am prevented from eating and totally starving, my tolerance runs dangerously low. I have to keep reminding myself that this isn’t about me.

  • patricia August 24, 2009 at 10:01 am

    We went through that with our son who is now 9. His first theater experience was Finding Nemo and that first scene (where the eggs are all eaten by the shark) made him (and me!) jump. He was on my lap and I don’t think my reaction, the loud music, etc helped much either. He was terrified of theaters after that for about 3 years. He’s OK now but he’s always been extra sensitive to loud noise. It still bothers him to hear all that THX sound ad/stuff that is shown before ever DVD movie starts. It’s getting better but I guess with just flow with it.

    Love that first photo – how they’re both tucking their chins in the same way. So sweet.

  • jennifer August 24, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Umm, not to change the subject but what’s the story on that awesome looking lobster roll?!

  • Jenna August 24, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Jennifer, ha! That was a lobster roll at one of those overpriced outdoor-by the water-seafood places in Greenport.

  • victorian inn bed and breakfast August 25, 2009 at 12:14 am

    Cute Girls having fun i like the Blog .It is so beautiful.

  • lanalana September 4, 2009 at 9:18 am

    your photos are beautiful…what kind of camera do you have?

  • Natalie September 5, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    My kids have vision issues that started showing up when they were about 8 yos for one and 4 yos old for the other. Part of their body’s response system to the varied visual input was a sensitivity to different types of sensory stimulus. As it turned out both of my kids needed eye glasses with prisms, plus vision therapy. They both had challenges with eye tracking, binocular vision and my son had strabismus.

    If you’d like to learn more about the various issues that kids can have with their vision, check out The Children’s Vision Network or

    You can also read a book by Dr. Melvin Kaplan called: Seeing Through New Eyes. It is available at He’s located in Tarrytown right off the last exit on I-287 going west (right before the Tappan Zee bridge). We’ve been seeing him for about 3 years now and he has a wonderful practice.