Strategies to Reduce Children's Anger
- Limit exposure to violent media.
- Identify and provide for children's needs for rest, sleep, and healthy food.
- Identify and provide for children's needs for space, quiet, and moderate temperature.
- Provide adequate supervision with age-appropriate expectations, especially for sitting, waiting, and sharing.
- Offer teacher assistance with frustrating situations.
- Provide opportunities for active play and large-muscle activities such as pounding clay or play dough with a wooden mallet, hammering golf tees into blocks of Styrofoam, using fluid materials such as shaving cream or finger paints, or jumping rope or running.
- Provide soothing activities, such as water play or sand in the sensory table or play dough or clay in a quiet area.
- Offer time in the Cozy Corner.
- Reinforce children's positive actions dealing with anger. (I'm glad you could tell me how you were feeling." "You were very powerful when you figured out a way to handle what was upsetting you."
- Acknowledge and accept anger but not aggressive behaviors.
- Practice stress reduction activities.
- Teach assertiveness skills.
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