Separation Anxiety School Counseling Small Group for K-2 Primary Students


Elementary (2nd-5th)

Researched Based

ASCA & CASEL Aligned

Easy to Implement

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Looking for a low-prep small group that will help primary students cope with separation anxiety? You'll love this ready-to-use 6-week separation anxiety small group designed for k-2 students. This curriculum includes everything you need to run a successful school counseling small group including self-assessments to make data tracking easy. The included weekly outlines are all aligned with CASEL Standards and ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors.

Students will learn new strategies for dealing with anxiety when it comes to leaving their caregivers to attend school.

Using age-appropriate and engaging activities, students will practice coping skills to reduce separation anxiety. This separation anxiety lesson is specifically designed for lower elementary school students (kindergarten through second grade).

Separation Anxiety Group Outline:
Week 1: Self Reflection
Week 2: Creating a goodbye ritual
Week 3: Practicing coping skills
Week 4: Practicing more coping skills
Week 5: Responding to parental separation
Week 6: Verbalizing strong emotions

Lessons/Activities Included:

  • "All about me" book
  • Group sorting activity
  • Calm down coloring sheets
  • Calm down bottle craft
  • Sing-a-long song
  • Role Play Cards
  • Sentence Stems
  • Deep breathing finger tracing
  • Interactive worksheet

Here is what's included each week:

  • Outlines: Easy to implement outlines with ASCA and CASEL-aligned objectives
  • Group Rules: Suggested and DIY Group Rules poster so students can take ownership of the creation of the group rules and norms.
  • Feelings Check: Feelings Check Poster to serve as a visual aid for students to self-reflect on their emotional state at the start of each session.
  • Self-Assessments: Pre and post-group self-assessments to track student growth and make data collection easy!
  • Engaging games and activities: I include everything you need to run each session. Simply print each week before the students arrive and you are ready to go.

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Each week students will learn coping strategies they can use at school to lessen their separation anxiety. In addition, they will learn how to verbalize strong emotions.

At a minimum, being in the counseling group allows students to identify and share their feelings, develop important social skills through participation, and practice empathy while hearing others’ experiences.

With easy-to-implement outlines and activities, this group curriculum is very low-prep. Simply print out each session before students arrive and keep them in a file folder.

The included self-assessments are a great way to get students to self-reflect on their progress and you can then share this information with teachers, and parents, or in your program report.

Who is this Group Designed For?
This separation anxiety small group is designed for students in grades K-2 but it can be modified to work with students across different grade levels.

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