I can already see HS tendancies in my grandson and am on a mission to be his advocate. His preschool teacher recommended him for an evaluation due to his severe shyness, which is fine, because he needs help in this area. My daughter and I recently went to his Halloween parade and concert. My grandson had been talking about it for a few weeks and was all excited. On the day of the show, he worried all the way there about not wanting to wear his costume, so we told him he didn't have to. We dropped him off and he was crying with worry, but rubbed his eyes and sucked it up as he walked in. When it was time for the show, he walked into the auditorium with this class and looked visibly scared. My heart ached because I knew what he was going through. Once it was his classes turn on stage, I expected him to cry or cover his eyes, but instead, he came alive. He sang, used hand gestures, smiled from ear to ear, and then was the only one to bow. As this was going on, I had tears streaming down my face. I just couldn't believe what I had seen. When he came down from the stage, he looked scared again. I'm posting this because I want to help this precious boy who has so much creativity and energy hidden inside. I'm a teacher and a lot of kids are labeled on the autistic spectrum, so I've done tons of research, but my grandson doesn't fit the mold. I know in my heart he's just like me- sensitive and an introvert. I'd appreciate it if anyone has any insight as to how to help my precious grandson. I can't remember what it was like for me at 4 years old and I want him to learn coping strategies now.
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