Social Skills Video: Taking a Break to Calm Down
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Bobby is struggling with a worksheet. He gets angrier and angrier until he explodes and rips his paper. His actions disrupted the rest of the class. When Bobby tries again, he realizes he is starting to get upset and uses his strategies to calm down. After he takes a deep breath, he starts to feel better.
Use Taking a Break to Calm Down
Sometimes students need to learn to ask for a break before they get too overwhelmed. Ask students to list things that would make them feel better. It may be writing, drawing, walking, or listening to music. You can talk about how to recognize their feelings before they get to the point where they can’t calm down.