Posted by Nicky McClure on 15 June 2013
Our daughter was diagnosed with GBS Meningitis at 3 days old, luckily caught early and was discharged from follow ups with "no apparent after effects " at 6 months old. She's now just 7, after a little speech therapy absolutely fine at school developmentally, and they have no concerns at all in terms of behavior or academically. At home however it's a very different story ! She doesn't seem to cope at all well with negative emotions so if a child upsets her at school for example, the result at home is a really terrible temper. It can only take something minor at home up tip her over the edge. If we say no to something or its not how she wants things she reacts in the way a two year old would - with frustration and a tantrum. Which is fine at two.....not great at seven. We have tried sticker charts, rewards, punishments, books, distraction, the works, but when her temper goes, we just have to let it blow out and as she gets bigger its getting harder to manage the throwing things, slamming doors, kicking etc. Once it's done she's very sorry, she will then verbalise what actually upset her, so we can talk about it. Generally she is a very considerate, loving little girl, the first to offer to help out, or look after her friends. She's very kind, affectionate, thoughtful and fun to be around. But some days we are on a knife edge and when we have a bad day it's difficult to cope. I suppose at least it is only with us ! She doesn't seem to show any of the markers that would put her on the autism spectrum, so we are not getting any advice or support. Does anyone else have similar issues ? Or is this just normal in some children and a phase ? Thoughts and opinion greatly appreciated !
From a very frazzled Mum, Dad and big sister