Parent Resources & Information
Separation Anxiety in Preschoolers
Separation anxiety can happen anytime and out of the blue. It can appear in many forms and not just during the first few weeks of a new preschool school year. Some preschool children may cry, hold on to a parent for dear life, plead with a parent not to leave them, sit quietly away from the group, not talking to anyone, or have a full out melt down.
Separation means a fear of the unknown. Preschool children experience so many new things in a class setting. (New building, new environment, new peers and new teachers). Anxiety can happen even after breaks away from school. The preschool children are trying to figure out if they will be safe, and if their needs will be met. Will they get to have a snack? Will they be liked? Once this is all figured out in their minds trust begins to take shape.
So far there are not any clear cut answers for separation anxiety. It can come and go throughout the preschool school year. For some children it can take up to several months for them to feel secure away from their parents. Consistency and working together will help your child through this life lesson.
Give your child reassurance that you will be coming back at the end of the day and that your child will be safe at preschool. Your child may need to bring an item from home with them. You could draw a heart on their hand, or send a picture of their family, etc.
A couple of great stories to read are :
– The kissing hand
– Llama Llama misses mama
Just remember this is all normal and you aren’t alone. Work along side with your preschool teacher to set up a successful year of growth for your child, while giving them lifelong skills to be used whenever they are faced with the “unknown”.
If you haven’t had your child’s eyes checked, please do so. It’s free for children to have their eyes looked at. Sometimes it is very hard to know if your child is having vision issues. A lot of children’s learning is based on vision, so if your child has poor vision it could affect their learning capabilities.
If your child is showing any of these signs it’s very important to have their eyes looked at by an optometrist. Here are some signs to look out for:
- Holding objects too close
- Covering one eye up at a time
- Avoiding puzzles, books, etc
- Poor eye hand co-ordination
- Constant blinking
- Complaining of headaches, blurred vision, double vision, and itchy eyes