Who or what usually calmed Helen after her angry outbursts?  

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Helen's frustration at not being able to communicate grew as she got older. Her brain was developing, but she had no outlet for her curiosity and no way to communicate anything beyond very simple ideas. Helen's temper tantrums grew more frequent as she grew more frustrated, until they were occurring on a daily basis, and sometimes happened hourly. As a result of this, her parents sought out Alexander Graham Bell for help.

Before help came in the form of Miss Sullivan, Helen had several ways to calm down after her tantrums. One was to head out into nature by herself. She loved plants and flowers and could find peace amid them. Another way was to crawl into her mother's arms, where Helen would often forget her troubles. Luckily, Helen's mother was gentle, loving, and able to give Helen attention and care.

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Before Miss Sullivan came to teach Helen how to communicate, the girl was often frustrated.  Her frustration would frequently lead to angry outbursts.  When Helen had these outbursts, she often sought comfort in the garden near the small house called "Ivy Green."  She would "hide [her] hot face in the cool leaves and grass" (The Story of My Life, Chapter I), which calmed her.  The garden not only brought Helen solace.  Being out in nature also gave her joy.  After spending time around the flowers, shrubs, and trees, Helen felt glad.

Helen also found comfort from her mother.  As Helen grew older, she wanted to communicate more effectively.  When she could not, she suffered from extreme frustration and disappointment.  The young girl often went to her mother in tears.  Helen found comfort in her mother's lap.  Her mother wrapped her arms around the crying girl.

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