The experience this week was quite similar and leads us to believe that we may need to work with someone(s) to come up with a meaningful strategy for helping Noa process these situations. It would be a shame if it meant not being able to go live events because she enjoys them so much.
The setting was the open house for Visions Center for Creative Housing (Ben's work), where Noa has been several times, has friends and enjoys a variety of swings. The open house included a rock band that was (to Mommy's mind anyway) way too loud, but of course Noa loved it. We were there for a few lovely hours and Noa had a great time. The problem arose when the band wrapped up and it was time to go. She became obsessed with talking about her ears, asking for more music and swings and then getting frustrated, asking for zuzzies but then hating them, some head slapping, hand biting, etc. Everything was just bad or at the very least unsatisfactory.
About 20 minutes into the car ride home she calmed down (mainly because we were on the highway with the window open) but once we were home it all started up again - though a bit more weepy then lashing out anger. It just seemed like nothing was right.
The fact that Noa's much beloved zuzzies are on death's door doesn't help. We're trying to transition to new ones. We hope that the return to school will serves as a bit of a reset!
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