I wonder could any of you shed any light on this behavior. We have one little girl in school who is painfully shy. For the first few months she refused to speak to anyone except me - so much so that the other kids thought she couldn't speak. It took her two months to bring herself to eat in the classroom. Since Christmas, she has been fine - she's still not hugely talkative, but will participate with the others and will eat lunch. Over the past two weeks she has come out of herself a lot more and will even approach the other kids rather than wait to be spoken to. This is great for her, but at lunch time, when all the kids are sitting together, she will pick up her sandwich, cheese or whatever and turn around to bite (or sip) so that the other kids won't see, then turn back to the group and chew away. What's all that about? I can understand her not eating at the start, but she seems to have gone forward in one area and back in another. Does anyone have any tips or experience in this area? She's a lovely kid and I'd love to resolve this for her.