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myself and my husband are pretty quiet and introverted

Introversion is where my mind went. Hobbes, an introvert, was pretty similar at age 3.5 - and at 7.75 in certain group circumstances, will definitely choose to do stuff off to the side if he can.

But, then, i remembered that Tigger, an extrovert and age 4.75, is like that sometimes. He's comfortable and friendly with the kids and teachers at school and Mom's Day Out, many he's known for over three years. During the lead up to both Christmas programs, he would sing all the songs by heart and with gusto and talk about how excited he was for the shows. At the programs themselves? He became Cindy Brady when the red light came on.

So, yeah, it may just be who he is at this moment. As for next steps, there's nothing wrong with practicing speaking up - as he gets older, you'll be better able to explain why it's important. I still have to explain to Hobbes why he needs to communicate with those around him - he seems to think we're all mind readers. His teacher (at a small Montessori school) is great about partnering with us to help him improve these life skills by practicing them regularly in a familiar comfort zone.
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