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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
This post should be written around Halloween because
the topic today is……Moonnnsttteerrrss!!!
This activity is great for trigger identification, as well as getting your
client to understand what 'anger' is
(by providing a visual representation).
Gather some art supplies, really anything
goes--but having those little puffy fluffy colored balls are a great start
(googly eyes, pipe cleaners, glitter glue--whatever ya got!).
Note}—before hand, get a cup—again
any cup, paper or plastic (not glass) and decorate it with fancy things if you
desire but more importantly write/draw coping skills all over it.We will come back to this later.
Now, what is anger? With little clients any book on anger is a great start or if you have been
working with them for a while, a simple review is fine—maybe play ‘feeling
charades’ to get the ideas flowing? Once they are comfortable with/understand
the emotion, begin brainstorming situations that have triggered anger for them.
Once you have those waves flowing, have the client create an outline of their
body and help them identify where they feel their anger throughout their body (use
the trigger situations they identified to aid in creating a storyline they can
Here’s the crafty part--they get to make their own
angries! Explain to them how anger is like having lots of little monsters
inside. Whip out those supplies and explain how everyone’s angries are
different (some have lots of eyes, some have none, some are creepy crawly—you
get the idea) and today they are going to trap theirs with a special trick--BUT
(of course) they will need to make them first! Have them make as many as they
feel they need (or feel inside). Let them get creative!
Once they have created their angries, have them
place those angries on the spots identified earlier (on the body diagram).
Whoa! That’s a lot of angry monsters!
Now onto coping skills---Review (and practice!) with
the client coping skills learned in past sessions or if this just being taught,
move through each angry in the body and together identify (and practice!) a
coping skill they can utilize to combat the angry monster (this is where you can
bring out THE CUP --i.e. a fancy *ahem dollar store* cup---you
totally spent long hours drawing/writing examples of coping skills on—and utilize it as
a visual aid). Add any coping skills personal to them on the cup.
Process with the client how those angries build up
and can start to ‘grumble inside’ (like a volcano) without their coping skills
to help tame them. As the angries
grumble and grow they start to get out of control (now start to throw them on
the ground). Once they are all on the ground provide them with THE CUP and explain this cup is a special trap—but to make
it work they have to practice a coping skill to scoop up the angry and they
have to get all the angries before the volcano explodes! Set a timer and have them go! Once they practice
the skill, have them scoop up the angry into the coping cup (Now, don’t just
sit there while they run around! To get them moving you have to move—cheer them
on-tell them how close the volcano is getting and help them through modeling if
they are a little client).
Now praise them for coping and trapping all those
angries!! High fives for everyone one!
Fun idea: You can let them keep their angries in THE CUP as a reward a reminder of how they can 'trap their