Sensory Process: Family Resources
My first born has a tendency to be by shy and cautious with every new situation, even to the point of having a mild anxiety if I gave him too much notice about a new experience. During my career at Wondertree Kids, I have met many, many children who are shy or “slow to warm up,” meaning they are uneasy or cautious in new situations or with unfamiliar people. As a baby, my son didn’t like being held by just anyone; he wanted to be cuddled by only a few special, trusted people. As a toddler, he would often stay on the “sidelines” for a while, watching what others are doing until he felt comfortable enough to join in. They were many difficult transitions that brought tears to both of us, first day of preschool, first day of kindergarten, first day of camp, a doctor’s appointment, a party, a new class. I would have to navigate each situation very cautiously as to not to upset him.