I’ve been a nursery practitioner for 8 years and have recently started a new job working in a 2year provision in a school as a TA. A group of about 4 children started at the same, all have settled in and happily attend their sessions however one of the children does not engage unless he is physically placed at an activity or given constant encouragement. Sometimes we physically have to place items in his hand e.g. pens or pencils, self-registration card. At the moment he is non-verbal while at the setting but parent has said he ‘sometimes’ talks at home. There is a language barrier between the staff and the parent and the parent seems reluctant to attend and seems to kind of push the child through the door. I am at a bit of a loss as it’s been 5 weeks now and there seems to be very little progress. The child does not seems to follow other children e.g. if all children have been dismissed to play after group time, the child will remain sitting down until told he can go to play using his name rather than being addressed as part of the group. At the point now where we are considering whether the child may be on the spectrum, we have discussed whether it seems to be cultural or shyness but during stay and play sessions the child has remained the same even with parent there. Is also extremely reluctant to engage in sensory/wet/messy ply. Any advice/tips/hints/support greatly welcome. Just want to see this child be happy like any other 2 year old.