- 7 mins
Separation Anxiety in Babies: Causes, Signs, and Tips for Handling It
Anxiety and sadness over separating and saying goodbye are typical for young children and school-aged children in early grades. The best way to support kids through separation anxiety is to set up a clear plan in advance of the farewells including who, what, where, and when. Stick only to the facts and allow time for questions and concerns.
Validate their feelings by acknowledging that you understand why they feel that way. Offer reassurance on what you will do to make sure separating feels safe and predictable for everyone. Practice easy strategies like taking deep breaths, positive affirmations and rehearsing the facts.
The Art of Being Apart with Linton gives kids 5 minutes of focused time on the topic of being apart from special people. A few tips to consider:
This activity includes a conversation guide that can be adjusted based on the grade you teach and how much time you have. Use them for a whole class discussion or partner chats. The activity ties in nicely to ELA standards and can be completed in the classroom or the home.
Download The Art of Being Apart Activity.