Teaching Self-Calming Skills

"You need to calm down." This is something I hear a lot in my work as a behavior specialist when a student starts to get agitated—answering rudely, refusing to work, making insulting comments, or whining. A teacher might tell a child to "go sit in the beanbag chair and calm down" or simply "relax." The problem is, many students don’t know how to calm down. This is especially true for children who display chronic agitation or defiance.
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