Wednesday, July 22, 2015

From Beyond the Grave

Well, Katie and I aren't dead so, really it's from beyond the silence of our blog. :)
Are you guys missing us? I am missing CBRS, let me tell ya! Aside from slowly going crazy in the depths of grad school, I do work with one ASD kiddo a few hours a week.

Recently I flipped the script on him and made him in charge of the session. I provided him with the topic (anxiety) a time frame (15-20 mins) and my bag of rando supplies:


Let me tell you--that kiddo straight up nailed it! After he talked to me about what anxiety is and why too much of it isn't good thing, he had me take some crepe paper...

Looks about right

....and he had me write my anxieties down on strips he had cut out. After we taped them to the kite, we let my anxieties 'float away' while we talked about coping skills.


One great way to take information and turn it into knowledge is to teach what you have learned to someone else. This was such a fun way to allow him to have control over the session as well as use skills he might not have realized he possessed :)

Hope all you party people are having a great summer! 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Where.Is.My.Mind (Prompts)

I have had a lot of inquiry about prompts to utilized for our filter activity (here). They are really no secret so, I figured the best way to share was to give them to everyone!

Really, when you need to think of what prompts to do for this project, it’s simple. There is a reason why this activity is something you choose for your client. Think of things they have already said!

·      “My parents make $_________ dollars a year!”

·      “Sometimes my mom farts really loud”

·      “I think your shirt is ugly”

·      “That zit is really big! Does it hurt!?”

·      “When are you going to have your baby?”

·      “Eww your breath smells!”

·      “I really like that shirt on you!”

·      “I like your new toy, can we play together?”

·      “I hate you”

·      “You’re annoying me”

·      “My mom thinks you don’t know how to do your job”

·      “Great job on the test!”

·      “I got such a better grade than you!”

·      “Ugh, I really wish _____ wasn’t in our group for the project!”

Y’all get the idea! :) What are your favorite prompts?

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.