Recently the U.S. Department of Education sent guidance from the director of the Office of Special Education Programs, Ruth Ryder, to all public schools stating that schools are required to provide positive behavioral supports to students with disabilities. One major reason these supports are needed is because these students frequently possess behavioral issues related to anger.
According to a recent Harvard Medical School report, “Uncontrollable Anger Prevalent Among Youth”, nearly two-thirds of US adolescents have experienced an anger attack that involved threatening violence, destroying property, or engaging in violence towards others at some point in their lives. Their research finds that severe attacks of uncontrollable anger are much more common among adolescents than previously recognized, especially students with disabilities.
Identifying Individual Needs in the Anger Management Process
One of the best ways to identify individual personal needs in the anger management process is to use an evidence-based assessment. Not just any assessment, but one that focuses on developing a healthy personality outside of anger and violence. The Anger Management Map™ is such an assessment. The focus of the assessment is on the social/emotional needs involved in the anger management process. The scales in the assessment correlate to positive intervention and the supports needed to help overcome anger and violence. Our Anger Management Program provides an evidence-based assessment that is connected to a skill intervention system providing positive behavioral supports targeting the management of one’s anger.