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Published on February 3rd, 2017 | by SOMDParents


Preschool Shyness Study Looking For Participants

The Preschool Shyness Study at the University of Maryland, College Park is currently recruiting families for a Preschool Shyness Study. Many children feel somewhat nervous when meeting unfamiliar people or encountering new situations. However, some children are so shy and nervous that it can hinder their ability to form meaningful relationships with peers and can limit their participation in academics and extracurricular activities.
Drs. Andrea Chronis-Tuscano and Kenneth Rubin are conducting a National Institute of Mental Health-funded study examining two early intervention programs for shy children ages 45 to 64 months (3 years, 9 months – 5 years, 4 months) and their parents. Research has found that both programs are effective in helping children feel less nervous in social situations. The group is asking for assistance in the area surrounding the university to help us in distributing information about this study intervention opportunity to families of preschoolers who may be very shy. They are currently looking for families to enroll in the groups that are due to start at the end of February and late March.
If you think your child would help the researchers better understand shyness and ways to overcome shyness in the preschool setting, contact the Project Coordinator of the Preschool Shyness Study by phone at 301-405-5227 or email After completing an initial assessment with your child, your family may be eligible to receive help from one of 2 free programs. Each program lasts about 8 weeks and is designed to help your child feel more comfortable in social situations like school. 
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