DD was and is the same way. She has outgrown her fear of public toilets flushing by themselves when she stands up, but still remains afraid of the vacuum, hair dryers and hand dryers in public restrooms. I figure she will outgrow it and until then I try to be sensitive to it. Yesterday at Target there were no paper towels, so I dried my hands under the blower while DD stood in the corner hiding (not punishment) and then I had her hold her hands under the dryer and I used my now dried hands to cover her ears. It worked.
He won't always be like this. My attempts to force DD to stay in the presence of loud noises have backfired. If I'd had to walk out of the Target bathroom with wet hands it wouldn't have been the end of the world. My advice is just to go with it. No desensitization is going to be any less traumatic that the noises themselves.
Last edited by ha98ed14; 05-27-2012 at 01:00 PM.
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