I've just had what feels like my millionth frustrating moment due to my 4 yo DD's behaviour. When she was 2, I bought and read the "The Highly Sensitive Child" book and decided to honor her sensitivity. But how would I know if there was more to her that that? I thought by now things like social interaction with other children and adults would begin to smooth out.
A little about her behaviour that has me coming to ask for advice: She just finally stopped having fits at restaurants when they come out and sing the Happy Birthday song to patrons. She runs screaming when any child has a noisy or motorized toy (even at familiar houses and familiar friends). She tells my DH and I to stop laughing all the time. (We aren't laughing at her, just laughing in happy conversation.) She is very afraid of animals, especially dogs, no matter what size. She has a very big problem with people in her space, such as at Inflateable Wonderland or the playground. I stopped taking her to playgroups because she would only sit on my lap and not play with the other children. She said they were too noisy. Any activity where there are other children often ends in tears. And I hate to admit it, but I'm left embarrassed and having to explain that she is extremely sensitive and trying to diffuse other's bad feelings left from my DD's behavior.
I appreciate very much any insight that anyone has to offer, including links, etc.