Social Stories for Managing Anger

Sometimes people feel angry. Learning how to understand and manage anger in a healthy, constructive way is an important part of growing up and learning emotional maturity and self-regulation.

If you are wondering how to teach your student or child about managing their anger, try one of our social story templates! These templates cover a variety of topics such as:

  •         What Should I Do When I’m Really Upset?  
  •         Making Calming Choices
  •         Learning Consequences for Inappropriate Responses to Anger
  •         Using Green Words vs. Red Words

Social stories may help because they are written from your child or student’s perspective and can set expectations for appropriate responses to being angry. Within the social story, outline various scenarios in which your child may become angry. Be sure to include appropriate responses for them to try such as taking 5 deep breathes in and out, walking away from a situation that makes them angry, or asking an adult for a break to cool down.

By teaching emotional regulation skills and modeling appropriate behaviors, your child or student will learn how to respond to strong emotions like anger or frustration in a constructive way.

Create your own social story about anger or choose from one of our customizable social story templates!

The special education resources on this page were authored by Watson Institute’s special education consultant, Sophia Barrett.

These behavior stories may benefit your students.  They can be downloaded, saved and edited to suit your needs.  The * notation indicates the story is  formatted in a Power Point presentation and the ** notation indicates a Power Point with sound narration.  Each Power Point has animation included on each slide.  Some occur automatically – some occur on a “click”.  Feel free to send comments or questions to [email protected].

Beethoven Social Story (behaviors of concern: hitting, language, and pushing)

When I’m Not First in Line

What Should I Do When I’m Really Upset**



Keep Your Cool

Calming Choices

Calming Down – Younger Child

Calming Down – Younger Child*

Calming Down- Younger Child**

Calming My Body

Consequence Steps

Listening to the Whole Story

When I Feel Angry

Recess – Triceratops

Everybody Thinks Differently

Green Words and Red Words

Green Words and Red Words*

Green Words and Red Words**

Making Good Decisions

Being a Man

Sometimes Clifford Gets Angry

Sometimes Dora Gets Angry

Sometimes I Get Mad – Pokemon

Sometimes Bob the Builder Gets Angry

What Can I Do? (Preschool through 1st or 2nd grade)

What Should I Do When I’m Really Upset? (Preschool through 1st grade)

What Should I Do When I’m Really Upset (SIA DOG) – Preschool/Elementary; Special Interest Area (Dog); includes Power Card

Pictures to Request Help with the above resource “What Should I Do When I’m Really Upset?”

What Should I Do When I’m Really Upset – 5pt Scale

When I Feel Angry (Boardmaker Choices)

When I’m Upset I Can (Written Choices)

A Detective Story (Topic: Solving an issue when you’re upset)

Feelings and Anger (Topic: Coping skills to help when sad and to replace hitting, pushing. Template for personalized photos)

Feelings and Anger Clipart (Topic: Coping skills to help when sad and to replace hitting, pushing. Story completed with Clipart illustrations)

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