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    Default Extremely shy almost 4 year old

    My almost 4 year old will start kindy/preschool next year and I am really concerned how he will cope. He is very shy. Will not speak or look at people when they talk to him ( besides a handful of people), won't participate in any classes or sessions we go to that we have been doing since he was six months old. He will hide, sit where they can't see him or cling to me. Hates big groups of people. Won't go to the toilet with anyone except mum and dad. Won't even let grandparents help undress him to go to the toilet or bath. Doesn't show empathy when others get hurt or he hurts them. Comparing him to other kids his age I am starting to think there is something else going on. Any advice?
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    How is he when he's at home and comfortable in his own environment - is he relaxed and engaging with you and your DH? Does he initiate conversation and ask questions? Is his speech and language development normal for his age?

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    Maybe look up selective mutism and see if that fits? It's very common and becoming more recognised. If treated early with the right professionals it can be overcome within a year or two.

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    Default Extremely shy almost 4 year old

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    Default Extremely shy almost 4 year old

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    He was very slow to learn to talk but is speaking fairly well now, but will only speak to a handful of people. He is relaxed around myself and my husband but no one else.
    Thanks I'll have to do some googling.


 

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