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Acute Separation Anxiety in 7 year old

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Emma

Hi there

 

How do you deal with a child who has acute separation anxiety?  To the point where you can’t leave the room without the child following close behind, like a shadow?  The child will not sleep alone, will not go to the toilet on their own, won’t be in a room for a millisecond on their own.

 

Tried being reassuring, to let child know that both parents still love them.  At a loss though.  Its getting worse by the day.  Both parents having the same behaviour.

 

Separated 3 years, divorced officially 2 years but both parents have moved homes and both parents have new partners.  Its clearly a lot of upheaval for the child.  How can the child be helped?

 

Any tips or thoughts or advice much appreciated

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