Sunday, July 31, 2011

Easing separation anxiety: Tips for enjoyable school days of a child
Address the cause for avoidance of school. Initiate a plan for your child to return to school immediately. This may include gradual reintroduction with partial days at first.
Accommodate late arrival. If the school can be lenient about late arrival at first, it can give you and your child a little wiggle room to talk and separate at your child’s slower pace.
Identify a safe place. Find a place at school where your child can go to reduce anxiety during stressful periods. Develop guidelines for appropriate use of the safe place.
Allow the child contact with home. At times of stress at school, a brief phone call—a minute or two—with family may substantially reduce anxiety.
Send notes for your child to read.
You can place a note for your child in his or her lunch box or locker. A quick “I love you!” on a napkin can reassure a child.
Provide assistance to the child during interactions with peers. An adults help, whether it is from a teacher or counselor, may be beneficial for both the child and his or her peers.
Reward a child's efforts. Just like at home, every good effort—or small step in the right direction—deserves to be praised.

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