"Aaron, I want you to to think about what makes you angry or mad. For each thing I want you to blow into your balloon"
Aaron said things like "Having to go to my room", "Being teased", "Not being able to do what I want to do". After each item, he would blow into his balloon until it was full of "hot air". My husband kept adding things to it also until the balloon eventually exploded (Aaron and I were too scared to have the balloon pop in our faces). We talked about how this balloon is like anger and if we let things that upset us build up, we will eventually explode.
I then had Aaron blow up his balloon again after naming things that trigger his anger. When the balloon was full we talked about ways to let the anger out before we pop. After each item - like count to 10, walk away, take deep breaths, and find something else to do - Aaron would let out a little bit of "hot air" from his balloon. When the balloon was half full, we tied it closed. I gave Aaron a pin and told him to pop his balloon by poking the pin in the opposite end of the tie (usually a little darker in color). He was hesitant but he did it and the balloon did not pop. He thought that was pretty cool! We talked about how doing those things that reduce anger help us so that we don't explode and lose control of our emotions.
Aaron and I made the code word of "balloon" that I will say to him when I notice that he needs to let off some steam. This was a great way to explain anger to him. We had a great talk and I hope that it helps Aaron triumph over his anger.
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