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.