How to Be Assertive
Strategies to Help Kids Express Anger Constructively
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A course of 4 videos explaining the neuroscience behind anger and outlining the practical skills adults can teach to children to communicate their emotions honestly and assertively.
What does the course include?
4x videos | 56 minutes in total.
What you’ll learn
- Sensory regulation & co-regulation strategies
- How to effectively de-escalate a child
- Teach child-friendly neuroscience 101
- How to manage your reactions to passive aggressive behaviour
- Teach to disagree without arguing
- Teach emotional honesty & assertiveness
Who is this course for?
- School staff
- Child psychologists
- Any other adult supporting a child or young person
Signe Whitson - Educator on Bullying, Crisis Intervention, and Child & Adolescent Emotional Health
Signe Whitson is an author and educator on bullying, crisis intervention, and child and adolescent emotional and behavioural health. In her articles, books, and training workshops, Signe provides down-to-earth, practical advice for professionals and parents on navigating the daily challenges of living and working with children, tweens and teens.
"Signe Whitson has created a powerful and accessible video series that discusses how "anger" is experienced in our nervous system. When children understand why they feel the ways they do, there is a sense of relief and empowerment that goes beyond the labels we traditionally integrate into the pathological models within the social and emotional paradigms."
Dr. Lori Desautels, Assistant Professor College of Education, Butler University
"Signe's video series empowers parents, teachers, counselors, and caregivers to feel motivated and confident to immediately put theory into practice to help children express their anger in more constructive and productive ways."
Carrie Tamutus, MAAT, ATR-BC Registered, Board Certified Art Therapist
VIDEO 1 | Aggressive | 16:13 minutes
1.04 Teaching kids about their neuroanatomy
5.54 Teach regulation practices
11.45 Use co-regulation
13.37 Verbally De-escalate
VIDEO 2 | Passive | 13.02 minutes
1.29 The skill of using I-messages
5.17 Setting boundaries and saying “No”
9.01 Friendship building activities
10.42 Inspiring Youth Activism
VIDEO 3 | Passive Aggressive | 15.12 minutes
2.35 Know What You’re Dealing With
8.06 manage your reactions
10.34 role model respectful directness
13.57 teach how to disagree without arguing
VIDEO 4: Assertiveness | 11.54 minutes
1.34 define assertiveness
4.10 Model an Assertive Tone of Voice
7.02 Teach Helpful Phrasing
8.55 Find Win-Win solutions