Thursday, October 4, 2012

Awesome Ideas for Teaching Anger Management Techniques to Children

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My coworker introduced me to a site with some great activities for teaching anger management techniques for children.  A couple of the ideas are below:

Bubble Blowing for Breathing  
Many adults have realized the benefits of deep breathing to calm angry or anxious feelings. Kids can be taught this technique by learning to blow bubbles slowly, according to HelpStartsHere.com. Young children can be taught that quick breathing does not result in the big bubbles that slow, deep breaths provide, according to the website. Other techinques to show children how to slow breathing is teaching how to count backwards from 10.

Angry Balls 
Creating "angry balls" is another recommended activity that parents and young children can do together. An angry ball is made by filling a balloon with dry rice or sand and securing the tie. When anger strikes, young kids can soothe their powerful feelings by mashing the ball, throwing it on the floor or squeezing it.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Where do You Feel Your Emotions?




Expressing emotions can be very difficult for children, especially those who are very young.  It is often easier for children to explain the sensations in their bodies (i.e., “My tummy hurts”) than to identify emotions (i.e., “I am nervous").

I found a drawing on the internet of a human body.  I use the image to help children identify the cues their bodies give them when experiencing certain emotions.  I give them a picture of the human body with the words, "When you are _____, where do you feel it?"  (I fill in different emotions such as happy, sad, upset, scared, and so forth).  The child can then mark or color the parts of his of her body where he or she feels the emotions.

You can discuss with the child what it means to be happy, sad,
upset, and scared, and help them explore how these emotions make their bodies feel.  By knowing what they are feeling in their bodies when feeling certain emotions, you will be better equipped to understand the child’s behavior and to help the child choose appropriate coping skills to deal with those emotions.