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

others.

• 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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