Separation anxiety is characterised by irrational fears of separation and abandonment by close attachment figures. Close attachment figures may be parents, partners and even pets. Although separation anxiety can affect people of all ages, it is more prevalent among children.
Many children with separation anxiety can experience a reluctance to leave their homes and have difficulties going to school. They may feel the need to “shadow” their close attachments either by maintaining close physical proximity or by having to contact them frequently throughout the day.
Separation anxiety can manifest as “clingy” behaviours towards parents and vague physical symptoms such as stomach aches and nausea. In times that we may be separated from the ones we care for, love is the unending connection that binds us all. And we don’t have to search for connections because it already exists within us.
A Delightful Storybook To Help Alleviate Separation Anxiety
The Invisible String is one of our favourite storybooks we have been sharing with children for years.
Helping young children grasp the concept of the “invisible string” has helped to alleviate separation anxiety. It also provides comfort for loneliness and for those who have lost a loved one. Even though you cannot see it, you can feel it deep in your heart and know that you are always connected to the ones you love.
Are You Worried About Your Anxious Child?
Addressing problems in childhood prevents a snowball effect. When anxiety goes untreated it can lead to other anxiety disorders, academic underachievement and problems later in life. If you or your child could benefit from additional support, join us for a week during the School Holidays or on weekends during the Term. We have helped hundreds of Perth children who struggle with their emotions, learn better ways to cope with life’s challenges. Learn more here.