I often see Children who are suffering with emotion regulation and angry outbursts. This is a problem area for both typically and atypically children alike. There are many great strategies to help children develop their own coping mechanisms when dealing with anger and today I thought I would share a few!
This is a fantastic way to show children how anger and emotions can develop and explode using fun visual aids! It is so simple, using food colouring, bicarbonate soda and vinegar - and children love to watch their 'anger' pop fizzle and bubble over! I find this works very well with ASD children who are typically very visual learners.
Bubbles and Balloons:
I often use bubbles and balloons to teach children simple breathing exercises and self control. Blow bubbles and ask your child to pop as many as possible and don't let them touch the floor! Excite your child and praise them for great popping - and then ask children to stay very very still and not to move....then blow bubbles at your child, letting them pop on their clothes and face! Praise your child for staying still and practicing great SELF CONTROL.
Simply slowing up a balloon is a good way to teach your child breathing techniques - It also helps to tell children that blowing up a balloon is a way to get 'their angry thoughts out'!.
Stop, Think, Go Traffic Light System:
For children who enjoy art, spend some time developing a traffic light system to help them explore their negative feelings. Red; to verbalise what is making them angry, Amber; to take a few minutes and think about a more proactive way to deal with the situation; and Green for when they are calm!
Please keep a look out for my Anger workshops I will be holding through out the Summer, I will post more details and booking information soon!