Strategies to Help a Child through Anger Outbursts
Strategies to help the child during the big feelings of anger and frustration:
1. Make sure child is safe and not at risk of hurting themselves or others.
2. Remove from situation and stepping away.
3. Turning Grounding Switch
Silent or calm presence
It isn't always easy
If you’re angry or frustrated as the adults it’s okay and normal, you can can discuss with them after they're calm/deescalation
Avoid the word no
Try not to feed off their anger
Don't get caught in a loop arguing
Don’t give in to power struggles
4. Distraction: getting their focus of attention away from situation; this helps with the physical and possibly verbal responses until the child is ready to talk: suggest getting a drink of water, engaging 5 senses, punching a pillow, etc.
5. Ask what happened/cause of anger
6. Validate their feelings and reflect
7. Collaboratively speak with the child and come up with solutions and steps if a similar event were to happen.