Anger Management Course Is A Group Right For You

If you think you know someone who could benefit from taking an anger management course, it’s probably best to have some understanding of what the classes consist of before making any recommendations. Not everyone responds well to this type of therapy. In fact, the more deeply entrenched a person is in their rage behavior, the less these types of courses help.

If a person has mild to moderate anger issues this will probably serve them well unless there is a lot of shame around this behavior. If that is the case then this type of person may want to seek private counseling or even try an online behavioral management course, if they do not want to participate in a group class.

An interesting dynamic of these classes involves the peer interaction. Everyone knows they are there for the same reasons but, their behaviors all manifest differently. Often there will be a mix of people who are willing and voluntary attendees or those who were mandated to attend.

After the group has met for a number of weeks and the participants have learned they can relax, discussions start to happen that may not have occurred at any other time. When members share what triggers their behavior and how they express that rage, this information becomes recognizable sign posts for everyone else in the group.

For example; if a member of the group is a manager at say a retail outlet and they describe why and when they get angry at work, another member who is an employee, at a completely separate place of work, may recognize that behavior in their own manager. The next time this employee’s manager gets mad, instead of taking it personally and responding with their own type of angry behavior, the employee can now look at this behavior with better understanding and clarity and respond differently to it.

Another very positive aspect of these types of classes in a group setting, has to do with role playing. Once the participants have gotten to know each other a little bit, they can act out a situation that one of the members is having and provide objective feed back.

This style of therapy is not just about the psychologist or social worker leading the group telling the attendees how they can improve. The participants are usually encouraged to provide input as long as it is constructive and fair. So, if you or someone you know, has outbursts at inappropriate times and have regrets about it, perhaps an anger management course can help.

ADHD at School Overcoming Reading and Math Difficulties

A new study confirmed what parents have long suspected – kids with ADHD have a harder time with reading and math. This discovery was made by researchers from Florida State University, who looked at identical and fraternal twins to examine the environmental and genetic influences behind ADHD behavior. While the study did not identify any causes, it did verify that kids with ADHD need special help and support to succeed at school. Here are some ways you can help your child overcome reading and math difficulties.

Reading

Focus on your child’s weaknesses. Not all kids with ADHD have the same reading problems. Some mind have a hard time reading written words, while others find it easy to read but do not understand what they just read. Your child’s teacher should know where he or she needs help more. If it’s decoding words, make it a habit to read words aloud each day. If understanding content is the issue, try using a visual medium like comic books or short films to help your child understand what’s happening.

Read together. Guide your child through a book and help him or her understand the words along the way. Before you start getting into the text, preview the book first and ask your child to look at the title, the cover, and the illustrations. Teach your child to use these visual clues by asking, “What do you think is the story about?” Let your child read the book alone first, and then take turns reading pages aloud and listening. If your child has a hard time reading a word, don’t insist that he or she try to figure it out; instead, say the word then ask your child to repeat.

Compliment and correct. If your child wants to try to sound the words, allow him or her to do so. But correct your child when needed and do so in a manner that praises your child’s strategy. For instance, you could say, “The right word is “house”, but horse is very close. You know your s and h sounds now, don’t you?”

Review the book’s ideas. Every other page, stop and ask your child questions about the book. “What’s happening to the character? How did he get there? What do you think he’ll do next?” This will help your child put the pieces of the story all together.

Math

Master the basic concepts. You a child can’t do drills and memorize rules if he or she doesn’t understand the basic mathematical concepts behind it. Help your child by letting him or her manipulate objects. For instance, a child can learn addition by adding piles of blocks, then counting how many blocks are in the pile

Teach the vocabulary of math. A child cannot truly understand math without a good grasp of its vocabulary. Make sure your child knows the meaning behind terms like “addition” and “subtraction”. Otherwise, have your child do simple math problems to show how the term is being used.

Make math a part of daily life. Learning math will become a meaningful task when kids see how useful it is in everyday life. Encourage your child to use math everyday – for instance, ask your child to add the cost of two items at the grocery, or have him measure ingredients before cooking.