Separation Anxiety

All children experience developmentally normal stages of separation anxiety in infancy and toddlerhood and for some children feelings of fear, dread, general worry, and social uneasiness persist later into childhood and adolescence. These issues can cause academic and social problems in childhood, as children show inappropriate clinginess or develop rigid routines to quell their anxiety. Sankofa’s staff work with children to explore their fears, develop healthy coping skills, coordinate with families to support their child to gradually overcome anxiety, and engage in age-appropriate activities. School consultations, home visits, and other “out-of-the-box” treatments are often beneficial for separation anxiety in children and adolescents.