My daughter used to love being around other little kids. She never tried to play with them, but she would do parallel play and she was interested in their activities even if not interested in them. The past few days its finally been cool enough to take evening walks to the park again. It's been a long hot summer like every year in Texas but thankfully it started to let up last week. So she hasn't been around random kids at the park in a couple months. She's now 27 months.
The last two nights going to the park, whenever we get in range of people she starts shaking her head "no" constantly. She willingly goes in that direction, so she's no saying no, just shaking her head, but it's practically continuous. Sometimes she seems to almost calm down and she'll stop for a few moments, then a kid will get close to her and she starts shaking again. And she started making a humming noise and the noise gets louder every time a child gets near her. And she'll make the noise with her mouth wide open if they stay around for too long.
Just wondering if maybe the playground has become too overwhelming for her? Or maybe she's become scared of children? I want to help her socialize and she seen's little kids over the summer, but they're the kids in our mom's group. (she doesn't interact with them, but seems more comfortable around them) I'm just wondering if maybe I should find a different place for her to be around kids. Her behaviors looked like they were anxiety driven. And I don't get the opportunity to meet with the play group that often, I was hoping that this would be her daily interaction with children.