This activity facilitates the identification and expression of appropriate ways to express anger. The child or adolescent is provided with examples of menus from restaurants to show the multiple options provided on each menu. The child or adolescent this then asked to brainstorm a list of ways to appropriately express anger with assistance from the practitioner. It may be important to discuss with the child/adolescent that just like people may choose different meals on a menu, people may also choose different ways to express anger. Once the list of ideas is established create the child’s anger menu with them. Encourage the child to role-play some of the items on the menu and encourage parents to refer to the anger menu while at home to help their child appropriately express anger.
Cavett, Angela M. Published in Assessment & Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families. Edited by Lowenstein, 2010. http://www.lianalowenstein.com/e-booklet.pdf
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