toddler or terror

by Tina
(Winterville, NC)

I am so worried because my 3 1/2 yr old daughter's teachers are telling me that she throws fits in the morning and is fine in the afternoon. She is like night and day. We see it at home all times- depending if things are going her way or not. When she was an infant, she would squeeze her face in frustration (still has scars from scratches). She used to bang her head on the floor as an infant/early toddler. She also had night terrors about 2 years ago after getting tubes in her ears. She is very smart, and manipulative. We do not spoil her, and we do not let her get away with much. She knows throwing a fit will not get her anything, but she continues to do this. She does not play well with others at school unless she is doing what she wants with who she chooses. She really prefers to play alone. She does interact well with adults, and I am convinced she thinks she is one. I really don't know what to think. She does seem to have allergies (basic) and is easily constipated. I have cut back on her milk intake to see if that helps due to the timing of the fits at school. Please let me know what you think. I have so many thoughts running through my head. Her teachers tell me it is like a switch- one minute she is throwing a fit, and next thing you know she is a great helper. The word "switch" worries me. Thank you!

Hi Tina

There are so many things that could be going on here with your child. I'm not sure where Winterville is in NC, but you may need to visit several doctors. She could have sensory integration issues, trouble with her ears or another medical problem. I would also investigate psychologists and therapists who work with younger children and make an appointment to get an evaluation. IF there is a center that specializes in Autism, I would have her evaluated there as well.

Feel free to email me as you are in my state.

Kristen McClure

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