I have a child in my class who has obvious anger issues. Many times he gets very frustrated at circumstances going on in the room and he in turn lashes out at the other kids. By circumstances, I mean incidents like not finishing his work in a timely manner so he has to stay inside for recess to get it done (had repeated warnings- choose to be beligerent and not get his work done). During any type of competitive game, if he loses, he will start to cry, stomp his feet, clench his fists and literally growl in frustration and anger. And then the first child who gets in his way he will swipe at. More often than not, he makes contact. One time he threw a chair at the music teacher when he lost the musical chairs game. Yesterday it was during a relay race in PE that he realized that he wasn't going to win so he stopped, plodded along during his leg of the race and then slugged a kid in the stomach as he crossed the return line. He was punished for that last night at home and was grounded to his room- no TV, no video games. Today he had a great day. He was obviously working hard to get his clip moved up. He was helpful and encouraging and he behaved well in circle time. After school his mom came to pick him up and she told me that her husband had been the one to enforce the grounding. She was looking for immediate coping skills that we can teach him to use during the times that something sets him off. So I am wondering what tips you all might have to share. This child is already quite astute at using his words. "This is sooooo embarrasing!" he has exclaimed on several occasions. He is actually very advanced in his verbal skills. He uses words and phrases things that I would never envision a five year old saying. So I'm not sure the solution will be a verbal one. I was looking for something more along the lines of a physical response or intervention before he gets to the point where he gets dangerous to one of this friends. If you have any suggestions, I would really appreciate it!