Being separated from a caregiver can be difficult at times for children. However, for children who have Separation Anxiety this fear will prevent children from doing activities that are developmentally appropriate for them. The anxiety can become severe and children will go to great lengths not to separate from caregivers. This can cause a great deal. of destress for the household.
Treatment for separation anxiety can help families reduce stress and help the child understand they can cope being away from their caregiver. Your therapist will meet with you and your child to develop a treatment plan. Sessions involve the caregivers and the child. At times the caregivers will be asked to attend without the child. The therapist will provide targeted interventions parents will implement at home.