So I know this little girl who has me a bit concerned. I babysit her three days a week, for almost the entire day. She does odd little things like referring to herself in the third person, has to have her hand in her mouth or fidgeting in her hair (like a nervous tick). She is extremely quiet, and when I take her to kid-oriented activities, she never joins in. She also seemsto have a hard time making eye contact and giving verbal responses. The few times I have ever had to put her in time out, I think she literally would have sat there for multiple hours...it just doesn't phase her b/c she seems perfectly content to sit there quietly. She doesn't seem to play imaginatively like she should either. Very often she seems happier to play with my 16 mo. old's baby toys. And she seems to have a lot of fears (the stairs, the toilet, a funny mask that my own three year old put on, etc.) .Her mom told me she went to the local Headstart to do some tests recently (basic preschool work) and she failed each time, although only by a few questions each time, so she wasn't concerned. I don't know if maybe there is something weird going on here, but I really feel for this little girl, and I'm trying to get her to open up to me. Any suggestions or comments from other moms who know of or have a child like this? On the rare occasion where she gets into trouble, I don't know what to do with her, b/c time outs fail miserably.
Answer by LindaClement at 6:49 PM on Jan. 17, 2011
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