Helping Kids Cope With Separation Anxiety

Children’s Hospital of Orange County/U.C. Irvine College of Medicine

This article lists some behaviors that can help to determine whether ‘normal’ separation anxiety has become separation anxiety disorder. 


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Separation anxiety varies WIDELY between children. Some babies become hysterical when mom is out of sight for a very short time, while other children seem to demonstrate ongoing anxiety at separations during infancy, toddlerhood, and preschool.

Help Guide

If your child’s anxieties get in the way of school or other activities, these steps can help to make the separation process easier.


Coping strategies for helping parents and children to get through the completely natural stage of separation anxiety.

Psych Central

Every child and every family dynamic is different, but there are some simple ways to help a child cope with feelings of separation anxiety.

Public Broadcasting Service

Helping preschoolers cope with separation anxiety means that parents need to control their own worry.