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Managing Anger Social Story


This resource developed by ASERT helps individuals learn how to deal with anger and calm down.

A man is very angry.

I feel angry sometimes.

A boy and a girl are angry.

This is okay. Everyone feels angry at times.

A man is yelling at someone and shaking his fists.

When I feel angry, I cannot hit people or things or yell at others.

A man is taking his things and leaving in a huff.

I walk away from whatever makes me angry.

A man takes deep breaths.

I take slow, deep breaths to feel calm.

A man closes his eyes and starts to count to 100.

I close my eyes and count to 100.

A man closes his eyes and relaxes.

I imagine myself in a relaxing place.

A man sits at a table with a drink and draws a picture on paper.

I write it out or draw a picture of my anger.

A man rides on his bike.

I exercise to let my anger out.

A man is wearing headphones and listening to music.

I listen to music or do another hobby.

A man talks about his feelings to a friend he trusts. She listens to him talk.

I talk to a friend, parent, or trusted adult when I am angry. They can help me feel better. I say, "I'm mad," or "I'm angry."

A girl talks to her friend about his feelings. He listens to her.

I listen to others and let them help me calm down.

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.