Supporting Children experiencing School Refusal, Separation Anxiety, or finding the Transition to Kinder or School Tricky

Separation Anxiety Treatment – Supporting Children, Adolescents & Parents

Is your child or adolescent experiencing separation anxiety and distress around going to kinder, school, or transitioning to the next year? Is your child stating they don’t want to go to school, are feeling anxious or wanting to avoid school, or finding it hard to sleep when school goes back?

SW Psychology is a friendly and professional clinic specialising in the treatment of anxiety, panic, and associated conditions across the lifespan. We believe in early intervention and support to give children and adolescents the very best start in life.

We provide Back to School and Transitional Support including:

  • Helping manage new transitions to kinder, primary school, & secondary school
  • Addressing separation anxiety & school refusal
  • Building emotional resilience skills & independence
  • Enhancing self-esteem & social confidence
  • Parent support strategies, guidance & education
  • Effective and individualised therapy for children & adolescents
  • School visits and on-site meetings with school staff to develop practical support strategies in the school setting

SW Psychology is a specialist clinic treating all forms of anxiety symptoms in children and adolescents. To find out more about SW Psychology Child Anxiety Clinic, click here.

Quick Tip: What are Some Warning Signs of High Separation Anxiety?

Some separation anxiety is normal, however, the frequency, intensity and number of symptoms present are the tell tale signs your child may have be having a problem with separation anxiety. Some common red flags could include the following:

  • Excessive clinginess and avoiding separating from parent
  • Excessive worry and reluctance to leave the house, or refusal to attend activities outside of the home
  • When separated, a preoccupation with where the parent is, and when they will return
  • Avoidance and resistance of a place where they know they will be separated, eg, school refusal
  • Anger outbursts, tantrums, and emotional meltdowns leading up to a period of separation
  • Significant physical symptoms including sore stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, dizziness, headache, trembling
  • Night time anxiety including a preference for co-sleeping in parents bed, or frequent night time waking and need for parent to help settle
  • Fears about being lost or left behind
  • Fears about being alone in parts of the house, e.g., wont go to the toilet by themselves, or tends to follow the parent around the house, or call out frequently to check if parent is still around
  • Frequent worry about the safety of a parent, family members, or themselves

School-aged children may also experience:

  • Extreme feelings of homesick and may avoid sleepovers, or school camps

We know so much about separation anxiety, we created a few blogs to share our knowledge with you! Step over to our blogs ‘5 Instant Tips to Ease Separation Anxiety’ or ‘Is This Typical Separation Anxiety?’ or ‘Whats the Difference Between Child Stress and Child Anxiety?’ to find out more.

For further information about our Anxiety Clinic call SW Psychology on (03) 9806 0623

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