Episode 141: How to Help Children With Separation Anxiety

How to Help

CHildren With Separation anxiety

13 Separation Anxiety Tips

By Sue Larkey

Separation anxiety from people, friends, objects and pets is really common for children with special needs.

I came up with these 13 tips just for you, as well as reaching out to my online Facebook community for more examples!

1.    Transition starts the day before. I talk about this a lot – you may recognise it from my Workshops! Don’t forget I’m running these Workshops again in 2022!

2.    Use transitional objects. These can be from home or waiting at school.

3.    Have a routine. Stop problems before they happen!

4.    Use Time + Schedules or use a portable timer with a schedule. I’m having a SALE on timers on my website – 10% off ALL timers! CLICK HERE to see more.

5.    Exercise!

6.    Use the stepladder approach. Step by step help children become more used to situations where they might feel separation anxiety. Check out THIS PODCAST which is a great example of a step by step approach.

7.    Allow for checking, stimming and scripting. This is often important part of a child’s routine to reduce anxiety – don’t rush them!

8.    Use social scripts to equip the child. CLICK HERE for more information.

9.    Create a Separation Plan. Make sure everyone is aware of it.

10.    Teach emotional regualtion. Check out my Emotional Regulation Masterclass HERE!

11.    Have a communication plan.

12.    Use a combination of strategies! You know what I say: to know someone with autism is not to know autism. Not every strategy will work for every child!

13.    GO with your GUT!!

Don't just listen to what I have to say!

Here is more advice and comments from other parents, carers and teachers. To see more join my facebook community HERE

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Episode 92: ADHD, Autism and Anxiety with Kathy Hoopman

On the podcast I have Kathy Hoopman. Kathy has authored over 20 books on autism, ADHD and anxiety.

On the Episode We Discuss 

Why Kathy Decided To Write Her Books.

Why Kathy Decided To Update and Revise Her Books

Whether Sharing a Diagnosis is Important

Kathy’s Top Tips for YOU

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| by Sue Larkey and Anna Tullemans | This book provides key strategies for all ages and stages. It offers over 500 practical strategies and timer savers for school and home from engaging disengaged students, what to do if you don't have a teacher assistant to considerations for setting up a classroom for teachers; and from developing friends, to moving house and choosing a school for families. It is the ultimate guide for teachers, parents and all professionals supporting children with autism spectrum disorder, including Aspergers, ADD, ADHD, ODD and other developmental delays.

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20cm Time Timer (Medium - previously known as large. Retains the same dimensions) | Used as an interactive teaching tool, this classroom-tested teaching aide reinforces the sense of elapsed time with a graphic depiction of the time remaining. The Time Timer can be used to set time limits, measure the duration of activities and train students to make better use of available time.

The Motor Skill Flip-Book Program

| by Sally McNamara  -  An easy-to-use resource for therapists, teachers, aides and parents. Developed by a paediatric occupational therapist in response to demand for quick and easy motor skill programs for children. Five colour-coded areas of motor development incorporating the whole body; including core strength, shoulder stability, gross motor coordination, fine motor coordination, and pencil control skills. 100 mix and match activities of varying degrees of difficulty that can be tailored to each child, or group of children, quickly and easily. Beneficial for children who experience handwriting difficulties as well as general coordination and motor development issues. Star system allows for evaluation of skill level and the ability to track progress and set goals.

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Kids in the Syndrome Mix

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Developing Social Skills

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