Child's social anxiety should be expressed
SOCIAL ANXIETY is normal among children, and young people who deny feeling queasy at a school dance or shy at a family gathering are probably heading for more trouble than their peers who feel -- and acknowledge -- some anxiety. "Subjects who denied social difficulties portrayed themselves as more comfortable around others and happy with interpersonal contact. But they also exhibited a higher level of psychological problems," says Lee Keyes, a psychologist who studied more than 900 youths ages 8 to 19. In his study at Texas A & M University, Mr. Keyes found no relation between age or sex and social anxiety. Those who reported being at ease socially also indicated they had more stress, depression and general anxiety, says Mr. Keyes.
Disabilities and computers
Children with disabilities can take a look at how computers can help them learn and live better at a free hands-on workshop Saturday. Learning Independence Through Computers Inc., a non-profit organization that helps people with disabilities adapt computers to their needs, is offering its first workshop for young people age 5 to 18 and their families. The workshop will let interested people try out specialized hardware, such as voice programs for those who are blind, enlarged screens for those with low vision and touch-sensitive keyboards for those with impaired fine-motor skills. The workshop, a part of Project KIDS-LINC, will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon at LINC headquarters, 28 E. Ostend St. It will be repeated at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 8 and 1 p.m. Feb. 9.