But children who are extreme-
ly shy can have problems in school.
Children need help with shyness if they:
• Never speak up in class.
• Develop physical symptoms (such as stomachaches) when they have to be around
• Always avoid group projects.
• Don’t socialize with peers.
• Resist taking on leadership roles.
If you’re concerned about your child’s shyness, here are some things you can do:
• Ask your child which situations make her uncomfortable. Then try role-playing those same situations to build your child’s confidence.
• Talk with your child’s teacher. He can help by allowing your child to work in smaller groups or pairing him with friendly students for tasks.
• Consider having your child tutor other students. This can boost her confidence and give her practice talking with others.
• Consult a professional, especially if your child suddenly goes from very outgoing to very shy. This can be a sign of a serious problem that needs your help right away.
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