Parents looking for effective therapy methods to help a struggling young boy or girl can learn about how we treat Separation Anxiety Disorder at our therapeutic boarding school near Austin, in Bastrop, TX. (512) 521-3655
New Hope Boys Home understands that parents want to send their son to a safe, monitored environment where he receives personal care, and individual therapies that help heal emotional and mental disorders–whether brought on by trauma, foster care, adoption or family genetics.
And while the young teen boy enrolls our affordable, therapeutic boarding school for counseling, treatment, and improving academic/life skills, New Hope Boys Home also helps students struggling with Separation Anxiety Disorder improve their mental and physical health.
What Is Separation Anxiety Disorder?
Separation anxiety disorder (SAD) is a condition in which a child becomes fearful and nervous when away from home or separated from a loved one — usually a parent or other caregiver — to whom the child is attached. Some children also develop physical symptoms, such as headaches or stomachaches, at the thought of being separated. The fear of separation causes great distress to the child and may interfere with their normal activities, like going to school or playing with other children.
Separation anxiety is normal in very young children (those between 8 and 14 months old). Kids often go through a phase when they’re “clingy” and afraid of unfamiliar people and places. When this fear affects a child over age 6 years, is heavy, or lasts longer than 4 weeks, the child may have separation anxiety disorder. Separation anxiety affects approximately 4%-5% of children in the U.S. ages 7 to 11 years. It is less common in teenagers, affecting about 1.3% of American teens. It affects boys and girls equally.
Symptoms of Separation Anxiety Disorder:
- An unrealistic and lasting worry that something bad will happen to the parent or caregiver if the child leaves
- An unrealistic and lasting worry that something bad will happen to the child if they leave the caregiver
- Refusal to go to school in order to stay with the caregiver
- Refusal to go to sleep without the caregiver being nearby or to sleep away from home
- Fear of being alone
- Nightmares about being separated
- Complaints of physical symptoms, such as headaches and stomachaches
- Repeated temper tantrums or pleading
- Intense fear or guilt
New Hope Gives Teen Boys Healthier Ways to Deal with Separation Anxiety
That’s why New Hope Boys Home treats Separation Anxiety Disorder. Therapists address physical symptoms, identify anxious thoughts, help your son develop coping strategies, and foster problem solving. Professional treatment for separation anxiety disorder may include:
Talk therapy. Talk therapy provides a safe place for your son to express his feelings. Having someone to listen empathetically and guide your son toward understanding his anxiety can be a powerful treatment.
Play therapy. The therapeutic use of play is a common and effective way to get boys talking about their feelings.
Counseling for the family. Family counseling can help your son counteract the thoughts that fuel his anxiety, while you as the parent can help your child learn coping skills.
Another goal of the therapy is to teach a student healthier ways of dealing with future situations. And we understand that it takes time to improve a student’s thoughts and actions. We want each student to experience effective counseling and treatment, as well as improve daily life at school, and back home with family.
New Hope Boys Home is an affordable, year-round Christian boarding school for boys ages 12-17 who are misbehaving and struggling self-destructive or dangerous behaviors. We help boys transform into responsible, respectful and peaceful young men. The low-cost boarding school and therapeutic program in Central Texas features licensed counselors, top academics and adventurous therapeutic activities. Boys also benefit from vocational training and mentoring, designed to better transition them into adulthood.
If you want to learn more about how we treat young teen boys who struggle with Separation Anxiety Disorder at our therapeutic boarding school, please call (512) 521-3655 now.