Back to School Guide: Overcoming shyness

August 6, 2013 2:34:10 PM PDT
Each new school year provides a child with the opportunity to make new friends.

If you want to find out if your child is having trouble making friends at school, just ask them with specific questions like, "Who did you talk to?" and "What are your friends' names?"

If you are having trouble getting information out of your child, pay attention to changes in behavior. You can always turn to your child's teacher.

"Practicing a situation, identifying a topic of conversation, If you want to initiate a conversation with another child, what can you talk about?" the Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Kate Eshleman said. "So working ahead and identifying some of those things, practicing talking to those, the child and parent can practice. Get the next door neighbor involved. Have them practice as well."

Experts say getting your children involved in some extra-curricular activities can also help them overcome shyness.

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