Older Students Take On Gassman!

Counselor’s Corner

This week the “Older Students” had guidance class as they met Glassman. Glassman makes individuals have huge upset reactions over small problems. Superflex helped students identify if the problem was a small, medium, or a large problem. Superflex helped students with their “Self-Talk” when they get angry. For example, students practiced; “I am starting to get mad. I need to move away and take a break or tighten all ofscreen-shot-2016-10-14-at-9-32-26-am the muscles in my body and then relax them.” Students also practiced taking slow deep breaths as they learned that if they control their breathing they will be much more successful in controlling their anger. Students also shared strategies they use to help control their anger, such as playing sports, dancing, going to their room, listening to music, drawing, and writing to name a few. Students then worked with a partner or in small group to create their own Superflex Saga with their own Unthinkables. Please model appropriate strategies to handle anger for your child, as you are your child’s primary teacher. Also help your child to process their anger at home by remaining calm and providing an area for them to calm down. Once your child is calm then brainstorm solutions to the problem together. Here is an excellent article to help parents teach their child how to handle his/her anger in a productive manner. http://www.effectiveparenting.org/tips1.asp

Sara Le Blanc, Elementary School Counselor, MPCSD

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