Your kid is angry, almost all the time.
Your child is nearing suspension. When your phone rings, you get a sick feeling in the bottom of your stomach because you know it's their school, calling yet again. Whenever you put in the effort to try to help your kid calm down or focus, they get defensive and angry with you. They say it's your fault that they're acting this way, or their teacher's fault that they're getting in trouble, or their classmates. They don't seem to understand that they should be in control of their angry reactions.
Surprisingly, anger is sometimes covering up something else - like anxiety, depression, or stress.
Rarely if ever is a child just angry. There's usually something else underneath it. For younger children especially, emotional distress - from anxiety, depression, or a recent family change - can look a lot like anger. Your child may feel like they're the only one who experiencing these problems.
How I do my job:
I help your child recognize that anxiety and stress can be a problem for everyone, and collaborate with them to build a coping skills plan that they can use at home and at school.
I have worked for years in education and special-education settings, so I know how to target the behaviors that you and your child's school are most concerned about. I also know how important it is for kids who are often getting in to trouble to feel like they have someone on their side, no matter what. Along with building emotional regulation skills, I collaborate with you to find ways you can support the growth your child is making, in a way that they won't brush off or ignore.
You're already doing something right, just by looking for more information.
Contact me to find out more about my approach to working with angry kids, any tips or tools I can provide, and information on next steps you can take. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 314-339-7640.
I look forward to talking soon!