1st July 2022



Help with Shyness in children by Shah Shoaib Hashmi

2 min read

Help with Shyness in children:

Remember not to mix up with shyness and traits of ASD. Practitioner or parent need to differentiate either its shyness or its ASD trait or mix of both.

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Symptoms of Shyness:

Shyness situations most often occur in new social settings. Children who appear shy tend to:
1–Look at the ground and no eye contact when they are around unfamiliar people
2–Shy children do not speak voluntarily in a new social situation
3–Shy children will watch but will not join other children in play

Strategies to overcome shyness:

1–Do not label your child because of any one behaviour. In term of shyness you may explain to people that your child (most children) takes time to warm up with new people.
2–Do not push your child to do anything. Do encourage them please and they will do anything. You can practice role play with your child to let them familiar with the new scenarios in advance.
3–Empathise with your child’s behaviour. Try sharing a time in your childhood where you can remember feeling shy, explain the emotions behind those feelings.
4–Avoid shaming your child. Please do not do it.
5–Be very positive and responsive to children’s needs.
6–Please teach your child not to be afraid of all strangers but same time educate them about the concept of Stranger danger.
7–Show your child social skills on the social media.
8–Always give positive encouragement and praise for your child. Look for opportunities to build their self-esteem and confidence.
9–At last if your child’s shyness is persistent or severe enough to interfere with everyday life, seek help from a therapist who can provide treatment.

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