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Transitioning into School

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Sandy Tran

on 2 June 2015

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Transcript of Transitioning into School

When is it Typical?
- Normal occurrence for children between about
8 and 14 months
. There are exceptions for children of
all ages
in many different settings.

- Between the ages of 1 and 3 years, children are more likely to show signs of separation distress when you leave them.

- As children grow older and have the experience of you leaving and returning, they are more likely to cope with being separated for short periods of time.
Transitioning into School:
How Separation Anxiety Develops
- Children develop a sense of
object permanence
and begin to learn that things and people exist when they’re out of sight.

- Adapt pretty well to other caregivers and as long as their needs are being met.

- Crying, tantrums, or clinginess are healthy reactions to separation, but anxiety can greatly vary from child to child.

Stages of Separation Anxiety
What a Parent May Be Feeling
- Parents express three main feelings: happiness, sadness, and worry.

- Feeling guilty about taking time out for themselves, leaving their child, or going to work.

- May start to feel overwhelmed by the amount of attention your child seems to need from you.

- Anxious about how child is behaving without parent.

What is Separation Anxiety?
- A normal
developmental stage
experienced by a child when separated from their primary caregiver.

- It typically displays as crying and distress when a child is away from a parent or from home.
How to Ease a Child's Separation Anxiety
- Make new surroundings familiar

- Develop a "good-bye ritual"

- Have a calm, positive attitude

- Honor all commitments to your child (time)

- Plan and talk about enjoyable activities in advance

- Meet kids in the neighborhood that will attend the same school

- Go to school in advance so the child will become familiar

Situations that Trigger Separation Anxiety
- Moving to a new home

- Change in caregiver or routine

- Family changes such as, birth of a new sibling

- Change of place

- Starting school (pre-school, kindergarten)
By: Sandy, Rannique, Fatima and Victoria
Separation Anxiety
When a child is separated from the parent, there is a pattern to their anxiety known as
separation distress

Stages - Likely Signs:
1) Protest:
Frustration, anger, loud cries.
2) Despair:
Very quiet, doesn't participate in activities.
3) Detachment:
Plays by themselves,
from others, does not interact with peers.
Case Study Activity
• Students divided into
four groups

and answering
- Mila Hernandez
- Didier Olowaygu

• Class Discussion at the end.
• Students are divided into
four groups
• Each group has
one laptop
one teacher
• The group with the
highest amount of money
wins a prize.
Interview Video
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