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My 2 1/2 year old son is extremely sensitive. He is very shy and sometimes will not even speak to my husband when he first sees him. Sometimes he cries whenever someone touches him, even a baby, and it is obvious that he isn't hurt. What can I do to help him overcome this?
    
There's a wonderful article on shyness and anxiety written by the American Academy of Pediatrics You should find this helpful for learning about what is normal behavior at some ages and when extreme sensitivity is a problem that interferes with learning and living. Basically, two-and-a-half year olds are often shy and fearful in new situations. You can help by preparing your child for new experiences (even things like daddy is coming home soon) by talking about them casually and in way that won't make your child apprehensive. The Academy also suggest letting your child take his time getting used to new situations. You can make up little games where you child touches something and gets a big hug and then gets touched gently and gets or gives another one. However, if you find that your child's sensitivity and shyness are interfering with family activities, or disrupting sleep, it is time to talk with your son's pediatrician. Some recommendations might be desensitization therapy, perhaps from an occupational therapist or psychologist, who can help him get comfortable being touched and help him learn new coping skills for handling less familiar situations.

 

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