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25 April 2013

Thankful Tuesdays: Give them time to grow

When Junior J was younger, we used to worry about his social development. The boy didn't really like to go out, and showed a preference to books over playing with friends. He would freeze if strangers tried to talk to him. We tried to arrange playdates, prod him to speak to this or that uncle or auntie, but it was slow going. He also struggled with transitions: going out was a challenge because it took him half an hour of cajoling before he would accept the idea. He would hide in his room for ten minutes or so, before saying hi to his friends when they came over for playdates.

Fast forward to now, and we've been seeing a different him. He now plays with other kids at the playground. He readily approaches adults whom he is familiar with, to say hello and give hugs. Just the past weekend, we arranged to meet his penpal for some water play, and he got along pretty well with her from the start. If this was a year ago, he would have probably ignored her for the first 20 minutes or so!

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