Shyness is a normal response to what a child perceives as scary or overwhelming.
Occasional shyness is an appropriate adaptive response that most children will experience as a normal part of development. But in some cases, shyness can be extreme and this is what can cause parents to worry. Extreme shyness can make it difficult for children to develop appropriate social interactions and friendships. If not addressed, these problems with social interactions can carry over to adulthood.
It is important to remember that it can be a temporary issue with the right intervention.
If your child’s shyness is persistent or severe enough to interfere with everyday life and friendships, seek help from your pediatrician to find a therapist who can provide treatment.
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