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How do I help my child be less shy?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Explore interests

Kids embrace many interests as they grow & their fascination with these topics can help them move into more social settings.
Accompany the child to a zoo, craft camp or other activity that followes their interest & allow them to explore an outing that other kids also enjoy.Allow whatever level of interaction possible, but provide a buffer if needed, the topic may keep their mind off their fears.

In brief: Explore interests

Kids embrace many interests as they grow & their fascination with these topics can help them move into more social settings.
Accompany the child to a zoo, craft camp or other activity that followes their interest & allow them to explore an outing that other kids also enjoy.Allow whatever level of interaction possible, but provide a buffer if needed, the topic may keep their mind off their fears.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Kathryn Seifert
If it. Continues or is severe, seek an evaluation by a psychologist or psychiatrist.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Exposure to Playmate

Start slow with 1 on 1 playdates so your child becomes used to playing with another.Then expand the scope with play groups, library hour etc.
Above all, be patient and go slowly.

In brief: Exposure to Playmate

Start slow with 1 on 1 playdates so your child becomes used to playing with another.Then expand the scope with play groups, library hour etc.
Above all, be patient and go slowly.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Alan Greene
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Baby steps

Often the fastest way to conquer a fear is w/ a series of small stretches & successes.
With shyness, finding situations where the child is most comfortable & open - & then gradually stretching the limits - can lead to increased confidence & connection. The starting comfort zone may be certain people, situations, locations, areas of skil, etc. For some, pretend play, teams or younger friends helps.

In brief: Baby steps

Often the fastest way to conquer a fear is w/ a series of small stretches & successes.
With shyness, finding situations where the child is most comfortable & open - & then gradually stretching the limits - can lead to increased confidence & connection. The starting comfort zone may be certain people, situations, locations, areas of skil, etc. For some, pretend play, teams or younger friends helps.
Dr. Alan Greene
Dr. Alan Greene
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