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Could my son making a LITTLE cut on himself & taking a picture for Facebook be just for a bit more attention 'cuz he doesn't quite fit in?

My son has always complained about aches/pains etc. to get attention or to use as excuses when he can't or won't do something well (sports, etc).  He doesn't have alot of friends but does have a couple.  He seems happy, says he's happy, but doesn't have great social skills to be accepted by more people.  We've worked on skills for years now, he's getting better but pretty fed up with having to "practice" and learn social skills. Now I find he made a SMALL cut on himself, took a picture for facebook and will show kids at school if they want to see it.  I don't know where to begin with this "new event". HELP!!!
In Topics: Children and the internet, My child's growth and development, Cutting
> 60 days ago

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Wayne Yankus
May 18, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Talk to him about appropriate behavior. this is attention getting and not helpful to friend making.  Speak to his pediatrician also for insight.  Face book could be an unfriendly place if his friends mock his behavior. Explain your continued support for him and work on the practice as a continued learning experience for all concerned.

good luck with your son.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics

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