At the preschool I currently work at, we have a student who is just about to turn four. We've had him about 6 weeks but still don't know much about him (paperwork is sloooooow). He's currently in foster care and his speech is often unintelligible. I've never met a preschooler quite like this one, and the rest of the staff in the room feel the same way. This little boy basically seems depressed. He has a very flat affect... he's only begun to crack a smile after several weeks. He is very, very huggy and all he really wants to do most of the time is hold somebody's hand. He will go up to just about any adult... he doesn't need to know them at all, it just seems random. When in school, he doesn't play with the other kids and rarely finds ways to play by himself, he's usually following one of us around. However, when we try to engage him since he seems to want our attention very badly, he doesn't want to do it or loses interest after a very short time. Usually, he is not a behavior problem, but sometimes we will ask him to do something and he just won't (we're going on the assumption that he can understand what we're saying since he is able to understand us quite well most of the time!). Sometimes he will throw himself on the ground, cry, etc. Fairly normal for his age, but we can't figure out what will trigger it. Has anyone had a child like this? In my experience, most rough home lives tend to translate into more obvious behaviors (hitting, kicking, meltdowns, etc.), but I've never seen a kid act like this before. Any suggestions to work with this child would be appreciated.