Anger Management Techniques for Children

Instructor: Karin Gonzalez

Karin has taught middle and high school Health and has a master's degree in social work.

In this lesson, you will learn the symptoms of anger as well as a variety of tasks for anger management for children. Following the lesson will be a brief quiz.

What Is Anger Management?

Anger is a very natural feeling that occurs when we are irritated by something. Many adults know that anger is natural and also know that controlling anger is very important in order to keep relationships and jobs. Unfortunately for many children, they have anger but don't know how to control it.

Anger management involves recognizing symptoms of anger and taking required actions to calm and control the anger. People that are skilled in anger management know how to effectively express their anger with skilled communication so they don't keep it bottled inside. Anger management is a top focus for therapists who counsel children with behavioral issues. Typically these therapists use worksheets, activities, role playing, and games to help kids channel their anger in more healthy ways.

Before getting started with anger management, kids need to know the physical, emotional, social, and legal consequences for inappropriate expression of anger. It is also important for kids to recognize the root of their angry feelings, such as sadness or fear. These steps are vital before moving to anger management strategies.

Recognize Anger Symptoms

Children first need to know what anger looks like so they can recognize it and start using their anger management techniques before it gets out of control. Here are some common anger symptoms in children:

Physical

  • Face gets red
  • Body heats up
  • Heart races
  • Clenched fists or teeth
  • Tense muscles
  • Fast breathing
  • Squinting

An adult could show a child how to clench their fist or breath fast and tell them that this is sometimes what happens when we feel angry. They could advise the child that when they start to feel these things they should start using their anger management skills.

Verbal

  • Low and angry tone of voice
  • Yelling
  • Profanity or cursing
  • Insults, criticism or unkind words

Teaching children to monitor and notice their own verbal actions can also help them to master managing their anger.

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