Button Pushing ABCs

Button Pushing ABCs

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Button Pushing ABCs

Whether it’s whining, interrupting, or ignoring directions, we all have behaviors that really “push our buttons,” triggering internal upset. In these situations, we often react negatively rather than responding effectively. With Conscious Discipline, we can learn a better way. This group activity helps adults practice active calming in the face of their own personal “button-pushing” behaviors. Once adults learn to calm themselves, they can access their executive skills and choose a helpful response.

Age

  • Adults

Helps With

  • Active calming when faced with triggering behaviors
  • S.T.A.R. breathing
  • Wishing well
  • Using affirmative self-talk

Use

  • Activity appropriate for staff training
  • Professional development
  • Parent nights

Format

  • Directions
  • One single-sided 8.5x11” printout
  • One double-sided 8.5x11” printout

Materials

  • Scissors
  • Printed button cards
  • Printed visual prompts
  • Popsicle sticks (optional)

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