Shade Tree Learning

Learning Objectives:

1. The participant will be able to list/explain what separation anxiety in young children is and what it is not.


2. The participant will be able to list and explain three different types of attachment.


3. The participant will be able to list suggestions on helping a child that exhibits separation anxiety.

Separation anxiety is a natural event in human development. It begins at around eight months, when infants are starting to differentiate between objects in the world. At this time, a child begins to understand that objects exist even when they disappear from view. Consequently, children also begin to realize that they have parents. This recognition spawns deep concerns for children surrounding the periodic absence of these caregivers. Who, the baby seems to ask, is going to take care of vulnerable me?

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