While some separation anxiety is normal in early childhood, it becomes serious when it doesn’t go away as children get into their elementary school years and interferes with typical activities like going to school or going to a friend’s house.
While it can be hard for children and teachers to see children in distress, we don’t want to fall into the common traps that make anxiety stronger, like allowing children to avoid the things they’re afraid of and reassuring them that everything will be fine.
In this episode, I discuss these traps and what we can do instead to help these children master the uncomfortable thoughts and feelings that come with separation anxiety. For children with separation anxiety disorder, attending school can seem overwhelming and a refusal to go is commonplace. However, by addressing any root causes for your child’s avoidance of school and by making changes at school, you can help reduce your child’s symptoms.
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