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Tips for Parents to Help with Separation Anxiety

Updated: Apr 26, 2021

Tips for Parents to Help with Separation Anxiety inland respite

As any parent knows, there are times when your infant or child cries uncontrollably and throws temper tantrums when they are separated from you. This is very normal for children to experience, and it usually happens anywhere from 10 to 18 months of age. Separation anxiety usually fades by the time the child is three. However, in children with developmental disabilities, separation anxiety can last for much longer and be more severe.

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Begin with Small Time Frames

Separation anxiety is an emotional attachment to someone, so when they are not around, the child becomes anxious and fearful. One of the best ways to begin to help with separation anxiety is to leave your child for small periods of time. Begin with maybe a minute, then increase to five minutes and so on until your child is able to go for longer periods of time. This gradually teaches your child that they will be okay when you are away, that nothing will happen to them, and that you will return.


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