My 8 year old, Nick, was adopted when he was 5. He has been living with us for 3 years. His parents were our friends. They died in a horrible car accident that also killed Nick's brother. When Nick was brought into our family we had a 8 year old girl (adopted), almost 3 year old twin girls (adopted) and a biological newborn. Things were crazy when we brought him in. He Didnt talk to anyone not even me or my husband. He knew both of us before, his parents considered us his aunt and uncle. Well Nick completely stopped talking not to just us but also at school. He Didnt have to switch schools because we lived in the same district as he did previously. He just Didnt talk to anyone. We sent him to a psychologist and that helped. He began talking again when he was 6. We continued with the psychologist even though he was talking just to help him and ensure that he would continue talking. We stopped when he was 7 and did great with talking until recently.
His teacher at school informed us on Friday that Nick's class participation grades have gone down throughout the year. I also noticed that he started saying less to us unless he was in just like a one-on-one talk in a place where his brothers and sisters can't hear. I'm beginning to wonder if social anxiety could be the issue. He says he sits alone at lunch, has no friends, and even says that his siblings hate him (I know that's not true because our 3 year old son absolutely LOVES Nick). I just don't know what to do. I think Nick is going back into his depression again, too. I'm considering taking him back to the psychologist but I don't know.
on Feb. 9, 2014 at 8:38 AM