Here are some strategies to help the child during big feelings of anger and frustration:
1. First, make sure the child is safe and not at risk of hurting themselves or others.
2. Then, remove the child from the situation, and step away.
3. Turning Grounding Switch
- Provide a silent or calm presence
- Remember, it isn’t always easy
- If you’re angry or frustrated as the adult, it’s okay and normal, and you can discuss with the child after they’re calm/de-escalated
- Avoid the word “no”
- Try not to feed off of their anger
- Don’t get caught in a loop arguing
- And don’t give in to power struggles
- Get the child’s focus of attention away from the situation, as this helps with the physical and possibly verbal responses until the child is ready to talk
- Also, suggest the child gets a drink of water, engages their 5 senses, punches a pillow, etc.