Meltdowns

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Meltdowns
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Thu, 06-16-2011 - 3:45pm

So Matthew has really been struggling with meltdowns this year in 4th grade, and it seems to have gotten worse the closer it gets to the end of the school year.

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Fri, 06-17-2011 - 7:37am

Have you tried teaching him anger management/relaxation techniques such as breathing, counting, etc?

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Fri, 06-17-2011 - 11:58am
Wow... Matthew and Jacob sound a lot alike. We really struggled towards the end of the school year as well. It is always an issue but it just seemed to get worse. Jacob's doctor seemed to think that it is the lack of structure towards the end of the year that gets him upset and he just can't hold it all together.

As you know we also struggle with this but I'd suggest what Laura mentioned too. Deep breathing, walking away, writing down worries/concerns/upsets are all things that we've worked on with Jacob. The other day he was having a hard time and he was breathing like mad. When I asked him what he was doing he said "TRYING TO CALM DOWN LIKE YOU TOLD ME!" so he listens, he just doesn't always do it. I've also thought of getting a punching bag for the garage so he has another place to take out his frustrations.

Good luck with it... it can be so very hard to control. I hope you find something that works for him.

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Fri, 06-17-2011 - 12:01pm

We've been working on that, having him count to 10 and take deep breaths.

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Fri, 06-17-2011 - 12:06pm
That's an interesting idea about the punching bag, I think that all the boys could use it at some point. I'm glad he's actually listening, I think Matthew does too it's just hard to remember in the heat of anger. I guess you need to just keep drilling it into their heads.

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Sat, 06-18-2011 - 11:30am

Kristy, I really like your punching bag idea!