I was wondering if anyone could relate to my experience and give me any advice on this situation. What it is: there's this little 6 year old girl "Haley" that has recently started coming to the Sunday meetings (religious service) that I attend. She comes with her stepdad Aaron and and mom Molly. They are also raising her 5 year old cousin "Kendra" who also comes with them. Now Kendra is an extrovert and LOVES attention! She loves hugs and seems to be crazy about
Aaron. However, Haley is the exact opposite. She is very introverted. She mostly keeps her head down or keeps her eyes looking at the ground. She likes me because I've made a point to speak to her every meeting, telling her that I'm her friend, and asking her if she will be my friend. She always nods "yes". I give her and Kendra little gifts and drawings occassionally. She never speaks to anyone, but a few weeks ago, I asked her if she could say my name for me if she'd whisper it in my ear. She nodded and whispered my name when I bent down.
I have gotten her to smile for me by joking around and such. She seldoms smiles otherwise. Her mom is impressed that Haley has
opened up to me so quickly (at least it is quick where Haley is concerned! It took Aaron's sister 1 1/2 years to get Haley to start talking to her!) Haley doesn't actually talk to me as of yet, but I'm working on it. I am not familiar enough with Molly to ask her personal questions about
Haley. I do feel that Haley has anxiety. Molly told me that Haley hasn't ever spoken to her school teacher and school lets out in two days!
I am going to continue to try to make this sweet child feel comfortable around me. I feel so sorry for her! My aunt thinks that she's an abused child...I don't know. I hope not. My aunt and mom were abused growing up, so they tend to be suspicious of everyone...however, I am not dismissive of their feelings when they get "vibes" and such. It is strange, but as it is, I only know what I've shared here now. Has anyone here had any dealings with a similar child or maybe was one themselves'? I'd love to hear your feedback everybody!