A degree of shyness is normal whenever social expectations are new or ambiguous. Shyness begins to emerge as a problem if it becomes not merely situational but dispositional (especially if the child internalizes this label as a generalized pattern of shyness may become established).

Signs include:

  •         diffidence about entering social situations
  •         discomfort and inhibition in the presence of others
  •         exaggerated self-concern
  •         increasingly negative social self-concepts

If you are concerned that your child is withdrawn and it is negatively impacting upon their life, you can discuss your concerns further with an AIM psychologist on 6150 8339 or reception@aimot.com.au.

Additional resources:

https://raisingchildren.net.au/toddlers/behaviour/common-concerns/shyness

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/HealthyLiving/shyness-and-children

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/growing-friendships/201606/helping-your-shy-child

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