Another great book for teaching coping skills is Soda Pop Head, by Julia Cook. The story is about a boy named Lester, who is called "Soda Pop Head" because he blows his top when he gets upset. Lester's dad teaches him some calming down techniques and Lester is able to manage his feelings. Once we read the story we create a T-Chart and list coping strategies. We list negative coping strategies as well as the positive ones and then talk about the consequences of each choice. Here are a few of the strategies my last group came up with:
My favorite coping strategy from the story is the "Push, Pull, Dangle".
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