Monday, December 15, 2014

Weather the feeling

This was a fun little activity. Identified feelings with weather patterns as well as colors.
Then we put a coping skill under the flap.
Surprise! Feelings.

What to do when...

This is a great series of books/workbooks which are awesome.
Check them out!

Amelia Bedelia

She has a lot of social issues that are very similar to what ASD clients experience with inference.
Would be a great read!

Four things to do with a four year old client

Working with the the little ones can be pretty tough.  It takes some creative work to help them understand what the are working on and why, while you are staying with the treatment plan goal.  

Obviously lots of play based activities are a must, but here are some other activities to try!

1. Hands are not for hitting. Tracing hands, or body is a way to help young kiddos understand using a more hands on, sensory focused activities.  We traced, named and practiced these alternatives to hurting others. 

2. Finger puppets.
Assign a color and an emotion for each puppet, then role play

3. Feelings Masks.
Put a different feeling on each mask and then role play

4. Red light/Green light/Yellow light.
This is great especially when you are in safety situations such as crossing the parking lot. Add in yellow light so, they understand when to be cautious.  

Tile Mosaic

Step one: Smash a tile
Step two: Paint it how you like (my client labeled songs to help her cope with certain emotions)
Step three: Glue on any sort of board
Step four: Fill in cracks with colored sand
This was our last project before we ended services and it was a great one for her to take home.

Monday, November 10, 2014


We have a tile outlet here in town----you can buy cheap. cheap tiles to use for--you guess it--PSR projects!! The client was prompted to name each tile with a feeling and to pick the feelings respected color (sounds familiar huh? Feelings and color crafts can take on many forms:) You could take it one step further and smash 'harder' emotions with a hammer (with adult help) after they can demonstrate a good coping skill for that emotion. 


Monday, October 20, 2014

Guys, Be Strong...Like Beyonce.

There has been a lot of silence on the ole blog this past month...Katie and I have been busy with our group starting back up and myself starting into grad school...but, the biggest change is what I am here to talk about today....

 But first, let us listen to this throwback....


....Wait,'s NOT right in the end, Green Day! Whaa! 

Guys, we have some bummer news....

A few weeks ago we learned our jobs are coming to an end.

We are sad too, small child

Optum took over last year and with it...we took a hit. To say we are unhappy about this outcome and the impacts it has had on our clients and the mental health community of Idaho, is an understatement.  Smaller and Non-Profit agencies who support smaller CBRS/PSR programs, have been hit the hardest. Ours being one of those. Thankfully Warm Springs Counseling its self will still remain and with that continuing in providing an array of services to children and adolescents in the Treasure Valley.

 The blog will still be around but, activity will be slow (just a heads up) as we as graduating clients and moving out of this job as our 9-5 (Ha! PSR humor, we never work just 9-5). We still have a few posts to get through so, be on the lookout!

And now...some songs to get you through.....

Whats that Boys II Men? I know, it IS hard to say goodbye!

We love you all and thank you for your support on this silly little website!

Sing it Whitney! 

See you guys in the funny pages, 
Katie and Stacey