20 Strategies to Help Students Who Throw Temper Tantrums
Are you looking for strategies to help students who throw temper tantrums? If so, keep reading.
1. Assess the situations in which the learner throws temper tantrums. Based on these observations, determine ways to prevent situations from stimulating the learner to throw temper tantrums.
2. Attempt several groupings to ascertain the situation in which the learner is most comfortable.
3. Give the learner many chances for social and academic success.
4. Take the time to talk with the learner, so the learner realizes that your interest in them is genuine.
5. Teach/demonstrate methods for dealing with problems early to prevent problems from becoming overwhelming.
6. Urge and help the learner to make friends (e.g., pair the learner with a peer and when that relationship is successful, introduce them to other peers).
7. Show the learner that feelings of unhappiness are natural, but there is an appropriate duration of time for public display of that emotion.
8. On occasions where logical consequences occur as a result of the learner’s throwing temper tantrums, point them out to the learner (e.g., peers prefer not to interact with him/her; property is damaged or destroyed, resulting in loss of use or costly replacement; etc.).
9. Give the learner as many positive interactions as possible (e.g., recognize the learner, greet the learner, compliment their attire, etc.).
10. Give the learner preferred duties throughout the school environment.
11. Teach and urge the learner to use problem-solving skills: (a) find the problem, (b) find goals and objectives, (c) create strategies, (d) create a plan for action, and (e) carry out the plan.
12. Make sure that reinforcement is not provided for unacceptable behavior(i.e., paying attention to the learner only when they throw a temper tantrum).
13. Make sure that the consequences for both appropriate and unacceptable behavior are consistent.
14. Urge and assist the learner in joining extracurricular learning activities, clubs, etc.
15. Move the learner away from the peer(s) who may be causing their unhappiness.
16. Consider using an adaptive behavior management app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.
17. Click here to learn about six bonus strategies for challenging problem behaviors and mastering classroom management.
18. Consider using a socio-emotional learning app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.
19. Consider using an emotional intelligence app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.
20. Consider using a school counseling app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.