2 1/2 year old who is overwhelmingly sensitive to others crying
I have a 31 month old son who has recently (within the past three months) become VERY sensitive to other kids screaming and/or crying. He is at the point of being inconsolable. He breaks down in tears and starts to scream. He begins hyperventilating and just completely looses it.
He will cry "hold me, hold me!" but even being held does not console him.We have to physically remove him from the area and when brought back to the area and the same kid/kids are there even though they may now by quiet he gets worked up again in the fear that they might begin to cry.
I, and his teachers at the daycare, are at our wits ends. We are trying to teach him to move as far away from the crying child as he can, cover his ears, do not scream, labeling his emotion/fear, etc. Nothing is working and the problem is getting far worse than it was three months ago. HELP!
Other than the above problem, he is very shy when meeting new people or even people that he doesn't see on a normal everyday basis, but intellectually wise he is high above the rest of the kids in his class--knows all his colors, numbers up to 18, knows his alphabet and can pick out certain letters, etc.
I am at the point of pulling him from daycare just so he can be in a calm quiet home,but that seems to defeat the purpose of socializing and working through this. I just want him to be relaxed and be able to breathe at school and not be having these episodes. Advise????????????