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Social Anxiety Disorder in Children????????

Posted by fortune on February 27, 2001, at 23:07:59

I am wondering if anyone has ever dealt of heard of this. My son who is 8 and in the 1st grade has really been struggling with reading and isn't catching up with the other slower learners in his grade. This of course was a concern for all of us, so the school special ed teacher and pychologist did some testing to see if it's possible that he had a learning disability, and to everyone surprise he doesn't show LD....we talked about alot of different things beginning with how Jordan is around other people...I had always thought of him as shy, but when I really thought long and hard about it it wasn't shyness it was more nervousness, and feeling intimidated by others causing him to 'hide' or freeze up when around others. Next, the teacher mentioned that just after Christmas vacation he started talking more and participating more in class great....but why did it take so long???? What was really strange is I had to fill out this questionaire about my son at home, and the teacher had to fill out one very similiar directed to school and the answers just blew us away. He scored very high at home (in a comfortable setting) but wow at school very very low. How can it be so different??? Anyways, that is when I came up with this social disorder thing and everyone had to agree, but now what? The school can't help him because he's not eligible for extra help because the scores didn't show LD. I took it upon myself to make an appointment to see a phycologist, but when I told my son he bursted into tears. He's scared to death of talking to a stranger. I explained to him that I'd be with him at first...but am I pushing it by forcing him into a VERY uncomfortable setting??? Honestly, I'm scared too. I don't want my son to be on drugs for this, but I want to find out what is causing this insercurity. He's got a good homelife. Two parents at home raising him, not much disipline he's a really good kid (-: So anyone who has dealt with anything like this please give me some advice. Thank you so much!




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