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ERIC Number: ED417823
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Helping Young Children Overcome Shyness.
Malouff, John
This paper examines shyness--its causes and its impact on children--and presents several strategies based on social learning theory for parents and teachers to help young children overcome shyness. The paper also describes a personal application of these strategies on a young girl. The strategies presented for parents and teachers are: (1) tell children about times you acted bashful; (2) explain to children how they will benefit from behaving in an outgoing manner; (3) show empathy when children feel afraid to interact; (4) prevent labeling of children as "shy"; (5) set goals for more outgoing behavior and measure progress; (6) set a model of outgoing behavior; (7) gradually expose children to unfamiliar settings and people; (8) prompt children to interact with others; (9) reward children for outgoing behavior; (10) praise others' outgoing behavior in the presence of shy children; (11) help children practice interacting with others; (12) pair each shy child with another child in each important setting; (13) read with children books about individuals who overcome shyness or fears; (14) eliminate or reduce the impact of teasing from other children; (15) teach children to identify and verbally express their emotions; (16) coordinate efforts with those of other relevant adults; (17) read more about shyness and learn additional strategies; and (18) consult a guidance counselor or psychologist. Contains 36 references. (KB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
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