Angry Kids: Dealing With Explosive Behavior

Angry Kids: Dealing With Explosive Behavior

When a child—even a small child—melts down and becomes aggressive, he can pose a serious risk to himself and others, including parents and siblings. It’s not uncommon for kids who have trouble handling their emotions to lose control and direct their distress at a caregiver, screaming and cursing, throwing dangerous objects, or hitting and biting. It can be a scary, stressful experience for parent, caregiver, and child alike. Children often feel sorry after they’ve worn themselves out and calmed down. So what does a parent or caregiver do? This issue of NASET’s Parent Teacher Conference Handout provides a resource from the Child Mind Institute for parents on behavioral techniques, what to do when behavioral plans aren’t enough, and how certain disabilities may manifest themselves in explosive behavior.

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