Kids and Summer Camp: Coping with Homesickness (Guest: Dr. Frank Sileo)

FSileophoto2The excitement of going off to summer camp and all the fun it brings can be offset by a first-time camper’s anxiety about leaving home. Homesickness is real, indeed.

Feelings of homesickness are typical; most youngsters experience them the first time they spend the night away from the familiarity of home, family, pets and long-time friendships. Althought it is a common type of separation anxiety, homesickness doesn’t feel common at all to the youngster caught up in its discomfort.

Our guest on this program, Dr. Frank Sileo, will offer insights and ideas for addressing feelings of homesickness. He will also share ways parents can help their child become more capable and confident BEFORE the youngster goes off to camp, often preventing many of the symptoms and experiences of homesickness.

BugbitesAndCampfiresCOVERSMDr. Sileo is the author of the children’s book, Bug Bites and Campfires: A Story for Kids About Homesickness. It’s a great example of evidence-based treatment wrapped up in a great story.

Dr. Sileo is the Executive Director of The Center for Psychological Enhancement in Ridgewood, New Jersey. He has been recognized time and time again for his skill as a child and adolescent therapist and his abilities as a speaker and author. (26:55)

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