Posted in Emotion Regulation

Muscular Relaxation with Angry Octopus

Progressive muscular relaxation is a great calming strategy, but can be very difficult to teach to kiddos.  Luckily, Lori Lite has written a book called Angry Octopus, which makes muscular relaxation kid-friendly.  As the title suggests, the book is about an angry octopus, who learns to cope with his anger when a mermaid teaches him how to engage in muscular relaxation.  I’ve used this both in individual and group therapy with success!  You can buy the book here.

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There are also some youtube videos with someone reading the book aloud (just search “Angry Octopus”).  The quality isn’t great (at least on the videos I have seen), but it’s an option.

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