How to Help an Angry Child Calm Down PLUS 8 Calming Tools to do ANYWHERE

All kids can have a hard time regulating their emotions. Some have a tougher time than others. For those that need a bit of extra help, these calming tools that they can do ANYWHERE, will provide them with the skills necessary to calm down in any situation.

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Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 10.06.28 PM.png1.Count to 5: Counting is great way to help kids learn how to stop and thing\k before reacting to their anger. Impulse control is difficult to come by for young kids. This simple tactic gives them a chance to think before they act.

2. Take a deep Breath: Deep breathing is such a great relaxation technique. Despite how they are feeling, taking a deep breath (or two) can help them calm their bodies quickly. Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 10.06.13 PM.png

3. Blow into our hands: This is a technique for promoting deep breathing. By blowing directly into their hands rather than the air, the child receives feedback and can feel the strength of their breaths.

4. Place hands in pockets: This act provides kids with some deep pressure and physical restraint. An alternative to this would be to sit on hands or clasp them tightly.

5. Acknowledge antecedents to anger:It is so important that kids begin to notice and realize what happens to their bodies when they become angry. What does their face feel like? Is their tension in their body?

Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 10.06.08 PM.png6. Make a fist, then relax the hand: Squeezing hands into fists and then releasing is a great way to remove some of the tension build up in the body. Often kids do not realize how much tension they are holding in their bodies when becoming upset.

7. Do a body scan: Start at the head, working down the body, notice areas of tension and relax hose muscles.

8. Ask for a hug: Hugs make everything better. Find someone you love and hug it out.

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