If anyone has any further updates I would love to hear them. My daughter is in Second grade also and this started up again when her work started getting more difficult. She also says she cant help it and sometimes is unaware she is doing it. Any attempts to stop the behavior made it worse. She strives to please people and she is hard enough on herself without us as parents making her feel bad. I am 100% assured there has been no abuse and we as parents have no problem with her speaking to doctors or psychologists privately. I can understand parents discouragement when you want to help your child and build their self esteem without causing them to feel more stress. These children are overwhelmed with something and its how they have learned to cope. From this board its evident that behavior specialists don't really have the answers either. Seems like alleviating the stressor, or finding a caring adult to work with the child one on one during those difficult times would build self confidence and be more beneficial than trying to stop the behavior. My daughter also did not do this in first grade but the behavior came back when she became overwhelmed in her school work. Find thr cause of stress and work on that and behavior may go away on its own. I would rather pay someone in the school system as a one on one to build her up and teach her life coping skills then to put her thru further distraught. But it doesnt always work that way. You meet witj teachers doctors psychologists and counselors and spend all that energy in a process cause so little has been researched and documented on this issue. Parents truly feel the pain cause they want the best for their child and feel helpless. Many parents probably fear saying anything at all cause the publics first reaction would be abuse. As parents we have been open about this with our daughter consulting doctors since it started. But its been a long discouraging road with very little answers.View Thread
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