How to Be Assertive

How to Be Assertive

Strategies to Help Kids Express Anger Constructively

Signe Whitson


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Anger is an intrinsic part of the human experience. So rather than telling young people not to be angry, adults should instead teach them how to express angry feelings in constructive ways.

Learn to recognise the three counterproductive styles of anger expressions in children, and teach them to gravitate towards the most constructive style with How to Be Assertive. This training course comprises a series of four short videos explaining the neuroscience behind anger and outlining the practical skills adults can teach to children. Covering a variety of techniques, from regulation practices to sensory-based strategies, these videos offer the ultimate toolkit to move a young person from every counterproductive style of anger expression, be it aggression, passivity or passive aggression, to assertiveness, the most constructive form.

Video One: Introduction (time 2:09)

Video Two: Anger Expression Style – Aggressive (time 16:13)

Video Three: Anger Expression Style – Passive (time 13:01)

Video Four: Anger Expression Style – Passive- Aggressive (time 15:16)

Video Five: Anger Expression Style – Assertive (time 11.56)

"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

"In the How to Be Assertive video series, Signe Whitson shares her invaluable advice and wisdom, face-to-face. Her delightful personality and calming demeanor puts the viewer at ease and ready to learn! Signe gently teaches the viewer how children's brains function differently from adults in a warm, sensitive, and understanding way that has truly become her hallmark. Sharing stories that are relatable, the series is peppered with defining moments of truth, glory, and authenticity. 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


Signe Whitson:
Signe Whitson is an author and educator on bullying, crisis intervention, and child and adolescent emotional and behavioral 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.