For many young children, it is a common experience to feel somewhat wary or nervous when meeting unfamiliar people or encountering new situations. However, about 15% of young children are considered extremely shy, routinely experiencing fear and anxiety in social contexts to a degree that hinders their abilities to interact with other children. The school environment represents a particular challenge for shy children. This workshop will consider the development of shyness and social anxiety in childhood – with a particular focus on how parents and teachers can help shy children at school.
Speaker Bio: Robert J. Coplan (PhD) is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University and Director of the Pickering Centre for Research in Human Development. His research is related to children’s socio-emotional development and peer relations, with a particular focus of the development of shyness and social anxiety in childhood. Dr. Coplan is the author of The Development of Shyness and Social Withdrawal (2010), Social Development in Childhood and Adolescence: A Contemporary Reader (2011) and the forthcoming Handbook of Solitude: Psychological Perspectives on Social Isolation, Social Withdrawal, and Being Alone.
Workshop: Speaking Up for the Quiet Ones - Shy and Anxious Children at School
Date: Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013
Time: 7 pm
Place: Hopewell School Library