Anger Management For Children
Anger management for children
How do I know if my child need anger management?
Is your child having difficulty adjusting? Are there problems at home or school? Does your child act out? Inappropriately? Are you concerned that your child might have been abused? Has your child’s behavior dramatically changed within the past few months? Does your child suffer from stress, anger or rage?
At risk children direct their anger outwardly or inwardly. The ?acting out? child often exhibits problems that raise the concerns of others outside of the family. If professionals from your child?s school express concerns this is certainly a red fag. Behaviors to watch out for at home include violent behavior towards self or others and destruction of property. The ?acting in? children tend to direct their anger inwardly. These children often showed signs of depression. They may be withdrawn from friends and family, lose interest in normal activities, and exhibit changes in sleeping or eating patterns
Children with anger-management problems often appear to be hostile and destructive, and act out both in school and at home. For some youths, such aggressive behavior may mask clinical depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or indicate an oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) or conduct disorder.
The following are some common signs of stress and anger in different age groups.
Signs of stress and anger in children
Preschool and toddlers
Preteens and teens
- Eating and sleeping problems,
- Fear of being alone
- Regressing to infant
- Trembling with fright
- Uncontrollable crying
- Being distrustful
- Complaining of headaches or
- Feeling unloved
- Having no appetite
- Having trouble sleeping
- Needing to urinate frequently
- Not caring about school or
- Acting withdrawn
- Worrying about the future
- Distrust of the world
- Low self-esteem
- Stomachaches and headaches
We have 3 groups for anger management for children.
Bambi and Flower. This is Anger management for children age 4-7 years old. Anger Busters! This is Anger management for children age 8-11 years old. Why Blow your top? This is Anger Management for Children age 12-14 year old.
Our goal is to help children understand and deal with Anger
The curriculum material we use is Anderson and Anderson Anger Management, Anger Management for Kids and Teens, The PTSD Workbook, The Therapist?s Notebook for Children and Adolescents, and others.
- To become more aware of when they are becoming angry in the early stages so that they have some choices over how they want to handle their feelings
- To learn the difference between emotions and behavior
- To determine whether in fact it is anger they are really feeling and if they really need to be angry
- To learn strategies and techniques such as Time Outs in order to keep themselves and others safe
- To learn alternatives to physical and verbal aggression and to learn to express themselves in more positive and assertive ways
- To learn that anger can also be a motivator for change
- To learn to identify personal triggers that lead to anger
- To understand how they learned their current anger style and to choose new methods to express themselves
- To learn how to manage other people's anger
- To build self esteem
- To understand and learn how to deal with authority