Updated: Jul 1, 2018
All behaviour is communication, even anger.
Anger is the mask we see that protects and disguises a deeply hidden and underlying emotion.
Commonly referred to as a secondary emotion, anger is the defence mechanism used to protect and cover up a person's true emotional turmoil.
In other words, anger is visual reaction we see when a child feels isolated, out of their depth, when they are struggling, confused or just can't keep up.
Anger can be all consuming, especially in younger children, but thankfully there has been a lot of research into helping them through this difficult emotion.
Here’s how to do it:
Identify if your child's behaviour is sensory or behavioural with our handy FAST & FREE checklist.
If the behaviour is sensory address those issues and work on coming up with standardised strategies to help keep the child safe and feeling supported
Download our FAST & FREE Anger Map worksheet and work thru it with them, this will help them and you identify triggers, thoughts and actions and help you both work out ways to combat future out bursts.
INTERACTIVE JOURNAL FOR YOU BOTH: How to get Unstuck from the Negative Muck by Lake Sullivan
READING FOR THEM: There are some fantastic books for kids around anger. One I liked was Let’s Talk About Feeling Angry by Joy Berry Ages 3-6
I hope you have found this post useful and don't forget to download my FAST & FREE WORKSHEETS. As always, if you have any questions about these documents, reply to this email and let me know.
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I look forward to digging into the nitty gritty details with you again next time.