So I had an interesting conversation with our DCP (the director of the center) yesterday. She is concerned about how sensitive J is to loud noises. Not that all loud noises bother him, but he does tend to startle if there's a loud noise out of nowhere (foghorn, fireworks, etc.) and can sometimes take a little while to settle back down. We know this about him and deal with it - trying to prepare him ahead of time if we know something's coming, holding him and calming him down afterward, etc. He'll also often bring it up afterward - like if it was a truck making a loud noise, he'll ask "No truck? No truck?" like he's asking for assurance that the noise threat is gone.
Anyway . . . she's concerned that he shouldn't be so bothered by these noises anymore, and that it takes him so long to settle after. She seemed to think it might affect his ability to learn (?) if he's being distracted by these things, and suggested making our house more noisy and not picking him up if he gets upset by noise, but getting on his level and reassuring him.
My first reaction was to be a little defensive. He's around noise a lot (it's PLENTY loud at daycare) and I think he's just a little nervous about unfamiliar things but generally a happy, well-adjusted, BRIGHT kid. And not picking him up if he's freaked out seems mean.
Any thoughts? Is she on to something or maybe out of line? Anyone else deal with this issue.