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Saria and Ava, and even Genevieve and I struggle with actually implementing breaks when we’re angry.

Having someone else suggest a break to us when we’re getting angry can help, but it’s also important to take breaks when you’re calm, to practice.

We’ve implemented breaks at meal time.¬†We aren’t allowed to leave the dinner table until after we’ve practiced a break. Saria and Ava seem to alternate between the two staples, counting to 10 slowly, and taking five deep breaths. Genevieve and I usually do the deep breaths.

We’ve been doing this for a couple of months now, and it has improved Ava’s ability to take a break significantly. Saria is still unable to take a break when she’s upset, but she is getting better if we catch her early enough.