During the month of March, the Learning Centre focused on regulating emotions and as we move into April our focus has shifted to calming down strategies. Calming down seems simple for most people but once someone has become dysregulated or even angry the task becomes a lot more difficult. If students can focus on the warning signs before becoming angry it can help them calm down and prevent inappropriate behaviours. Things like clinched fists, tightening of the facial muscles and an increased heart rate can all be signs that someone may becoming angry. Once an individual recognizes they are becoming angry, they can apply calming down strategies such as taking deep breaths, thinking happy thoughts or taking a body break. These are just a few strategies that can help students calm down.
Our focus during the month of April will also be on understanding other people’s perspectives when we act out inappropriately. When we act out inappropriately it may seem like the only person it affects is ourselves but this simply isn’t true. The people around us are also affected and depending on the behaviour this could be a negative effect. It’s important that we teach our student’s this so that they can understand; their actions may be affecting the people around them. A student’s inappropriate actions may have unexpected consequences on some of their peer relationships which is why it’s important that we understand other people’s perspectives.