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Anger Management Games for Children


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Part One: Theoretical and Practical Background. 1. Introduction. 2. Understanding Anger 3. Why Use Games to Support Healthy Anger Management? 4. Structuring the Emotional Environment. 5. When a Child is Already Angry. 6. Self-Reflection and Self-Care. Bibliography. References. Part Two: Games for Anger Management. 7. Non-Competitive Ways to Choose Groups and Group Leaders. 8. Warm-Ups and Ice-Breakers. 9. Lighting the Fuse: Exploring Anger and Triggers to Anger. 10. When I'm Angry: Responses and Consequences. 11. You and Me: Empathy. 12. You and Me Together: Respect, Cooperation and Negotiation. 13. In the Driving Seat: Being in Control, Managing Stress and Tolerating Frustration. 14. Got It! Solving Problems. 15. Off We Go: Setting Goals and Being Prepared. 16. Wind-Downs and Celebrations. Useful Resources. Subject Index. Author Index. Acknowledgements.

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Bestselling collection of easy, fun games for ages 5-12, to help them understand and manage their anger

About the Author

Deborah M. Plummer is a registered speech and language therapist and imageworker practitioner with over 20 years' experience of facilitating groups and working individually with both children and adults. Formerly a clinical lead therapist working within the NHS, she now lectures at De Montford University, Leicester and runs workshops and short courses on the uses of imagery and issues of self-esteem in the UK and abroad. She is the author of Self-Esteem Games for Children, Helping Children to Build Self-Esteem, Second Edition, Helping Adolescents and Adults to Build Self-Esteem, The Adventures of the Little Tin Tortoise: A Self-Esteem Story, and Using Interactive Imagework with Children, all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.


Anger Management Games for Children is a practical guide with clear and explicit theoretical underpinnings that would be useful for all those supporting the emotional development of primary school aged children... As a psychologist it was refreshing to see a solution-focused approach being used to anger management, with an emphasis on facilitators reflecting on their practice and their own emotional needs... This is an incredibly useful and practical resource for those setting out to successfully use games in anger management work with children. -- Debate
Adults are encouraged to use the games mindfully, making sure they are aware of the possible effects exploring sensitive issues with vulnerable children. Ideas for reflection after each activity prompt children to make sense of the feelings generated by the game they have played. The games are simple to play and clearly explained, with symbols indicating the time required and the recommended age. The games range from five to 60 minutes' duration, and mostly require no extra resources, which make them an invaluable resource for any adult who works with children aged 5-12. -- The Sign
There are many good ideas here that can be dipped in and out or added to your current repertoire ideas. -- NASEN Special
This handbooks is designed to help adults understand and manage children's anger. It includes games and activities that encourage children aged between five and 12 to express their emotions in a healthy way. -- Children and Young People Now
Deborah M Plummer's practical guide is packed full of easy-to-learn games that will help teachers to understand and manage children's anger. -- Junior Education Education Plus

This book is divided into two parts. The first explores the theory around anger, with chapters on understanding anger: why games are used to support healthy anger management; structuring the emotional environment when a child is already angry, and self-reflection and self-care for workers.I really enjoyed the common sense approach the author uses in this section. She explains anger as a normal, healthy human emotion, and clearly describes the chemistry involved in experiencing and expressing anger.

-- Children & Young People Now

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