How Do Nannies and Au Pairs Help Children with Social Phobia?
In the March 2010 Be the Best Nanny Newsletter we discussed common childhood fears and more serious anxiety disorders that require physician care.
Social phobia is an intense fear of becoming humiliated or embarrassed in social situations. Children who suffer from social phobia might appear to be excessively shy. But, social phobia is different from being shy. People with shyness can be uneasy around others, but they don’t necessarily avoid situations that make them feel uncomfortable.
Common fears of children with social phobia are fears of going to social situations such as parties, fears of talking with authority figures such as teacher or a principal, or fears of speaking to others in public.
Other less common fears may involve fears of using a public restroom, fears of eating out, or talking on the phone, or fears of writing on the blackboard in front of other peers.
Have you cared for a child with social phobia? What is your advice for helping children who suffer from this anxiety?