Having two kids with different reactions to storms and other loud noises made me wonder how other children react. Are my kids any different than yours? Come find out what my facebook groups said about their kids.
Are your kids afraid of storms and other loud noises?
Last night, and for most of this last week, we’ve had crazy thunderstorms here in central Kansas. Last night there were even tornado warnings and the rain came so fast and hard that we had townspeople flooded out of their homes.
While my youngest daughter was already fast asleep in the quiet part of our house and my oldest daughter was staying at her friend’s home, my dogs were freaking out over the loud rain and thunder. This led me to wonder how other people’s kids react to storms and other loud noises.
When my 15 year old was 3, our town was hit by a tornado. Our house was left standing, but everything behind us was laid flat by an F4 tornado that left rubble and shards of houses, the school and other local buildings. She had major storm issues for years. However, my 11 year old whom I was about a month pregnant with at the time and who has autism, is not bothered by storms or the noise they produce. We’ve had to go the storm shelter several times in her life and she is still not freaked out by them.
Here is my question and some of the responses from the moms in the special needs facebook groups that I’m in. (I am maintaining privacy by not posting names other than my own)
Are you kids afraid of storms? my oldest is more afraid than youngest. my oldest went through a tornado when she was 3. My youngest has autism. Jenn Alex Brockman
My daughter (she has Down Syndrome) was always frightened of storms. She’s 24 now and has been much better about them for many years, though for some reason whenever she sees floods on tv she is worried and asks whether they “will come to Utah” (where we live). Since we live on a mountain top and flooding isn’t an issue, I’m not certain why she’s so worried about this. (Now wildfires and earthquakes are another matter! I never mention those of course.
Same here, my 10 yr old NT (neuro typical) child is terrified (she hasn’t been through a tornado, but we live in OK and she has seen the damage many times), my 8 yr old ASD child LOVES storms.
My ASD (autism spectrum disorder) girl doesn’t LOVE them, but she’s not bothered by them. My dog is here just flipping out with the storms rolling through. My oldest is 15 now and does much better, but she was freaked out for years. Jenn Alex Brockman
Mine isn’t afraid of a storm so much as the noise of the thunder bothers her, and she hates when the lights flicker. She takes a flashlight and goes and hides in our walk-in closet with the lights out when it is really bad. It’s her “safe spot”.
My oldest used to hide under tables when she was afraid. The youngest looks to me to find out if it’s serious and we have to go to the shelter for tornados, but if I’m calm, she’s calm. She’s usually determined even if I’m nervous. She knows the drill.
My son, 14, is terrified! He knows his fear is over reacting, but he can’t help it…we try to joke and laugh thru storms to keep his mind occupied, but he usually is in the basement in a corner sitting and drawing. One of us always hangs out with him, I hate that he is scared, but I also think he handles it very well!
I am going to a therapist Friday for my daughter for storm anxiety. It has paralyzed her with fear. I went through it with my oldest. My autistic son is showing no signs of the anxiety. Only anxiety about the anxiety that his sister has. Makes him nuts. My therapist recommended i buy (and have not yet but am) “What to do when you Worry too much“: “A kid’s guide to overcoming anxiety” It comes with many recommendations.
Both my kids (one ASD & one not) were trapped in the debris after a tornado destroyed my moms house with them inside…now both are terrified of storms!
There were other discussions about fear of hair dryers and vacuum cleaners too. The loud noise seems to bother many kids and it is more than just our special needs children.
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