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Five Top Tips to Help Your Child Overcome Shyness

<a href="/articles/five-top-tips-to-help-your-child-overcome-shyness">Five Top Tips to Help Your Child Overcome Shyness</a>

Shyness in kids is very common, and “everybody can feel shy in certain situations,” says Professor Jennifer Hudson, a clinical psychologist and research fellow from Macquarie University’s Centre for Emotional Health . While mild shyness is not defined as an anxiety condition, approximately one in five children will have a problem with exceptional shyness and anxiety, such that it significantly interferes with their daily life. Professor Hudson’s latest longitudinal research into the role of temperament and stressful life events in the development of childhood anxiety found that shy children experience fewer positive life experiences because of their inhibitions. Read full article

How Stuttering Affects Children Socially and Where to Seek Help

<a href="/articles/how-stuttering-affects-children-socially-and-where-to-seek-help">How Stuttering Affects Children Socially and Where to Seek Help</a>

Children as young as four years of age can experience social exclusion as a result of their stuttering. These negative social experiences can intensify in the school years, with children who stutter reporting regular bullying and teasing. Children who stutter may also be rated as less popular than their non-stuttering class mates. Yet stuttering is not an insurmountable roadblock for children on their path to fulfilling lives. Read full article

I Was Not a Shy Child

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/09/07/i-was-not-a-shy-child">I Was Not a Shy Child</a>

I’m quite an outgoing person – not a ‘raving extrovert’ but do I love meeting people, finding out all I can about them, telling them something (okay, a lot) about me, and I thrive in other people’s company. I love talking and chatting and debating – you might’ve already figured that out about me by now. But I don’t fit all the stereotypes of an extrovert ... One of our boys was quite a tentative young man when he was a toddler and young primary school student. Read full article