Sunday, July 22, 2012

July 22, 2012

Wrinkled heart project: This is a way to help kids understand what they say can’t be taken back.  Write this saying down first, and then crumple it up.  Have them attempt to flatten out the paper, and talk to them about when saying hurtful things, it is like trying to get the wrinkles out of the paper, you can try to make it look or appear better, but it will not go away completely.  This is a good way to begin working toward accountability.



Toss and Talk: Write questions on a ball to pass and choose a question for you and your client to get to know each other.  You can also help them focus on simple communication skills, eye contact, taking turns while speaking, or give them examples of questions they can ask others when making new friends!




Play-dough: A PSR’s BFF, soothing, create faces/emotions, play games, helps kids be creative and open up! Here is a simple recipe for homemade play-dough :

1 cup of flour (and more on the table when first mixing and making the play-dough “play-able”)
Half a cup of salt
1 tablespoon cream of tarter
Half a table spoon of cooking oil
Half a cup of hot water
You can also get creative with food coloring, glitter, or a small amount of pumpkin pie spice, peppermint, cinnamon or vanilla





This was a game I played with a client that has a hard time with impulsivity, and patience.  I let him choose between having a candy now, two later, or four at the end of the session (about two hours).  I then emphasized the benefits of waiting and practicing patience to be rewarded at the end.  I also helped him brainstorm ways to redirect his attention and practice patience by choosing to play other activities and take his mind off of the candy. Using this same strategy with toys, free time, or other rewards can work too!




6 comments:

  1. I lead groups of kids who earn playing basketball or loud games at the end of session to work on impulsivity.

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    1. Great suggestions to work out those wiggles! Thanks Brook!

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  2. Hello, I also used a similar activity as the Wrinkled Heart for empathy and accountability. It involved having a paper doll (gender matched) and reading a story about Sally/Sam's bad day -every time someone hurt them, we would rip a part of the doll off. Then the day flips and the other children try to make Sally/Sam feel better. We then start taping pieces back on the doll. Even the hardest kid, seemed to react to the "aggressive" act of ripping the doll apart. Of course the take home message is that even though we can repair the damage done to someone with our words/actions they still have scars.

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    1. I love it! What a powerful activity. I can't wait to try it out with my kiddos, thank you for sharing!!

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  3. I am going to try this with my teens! I love the heart AND the paper doll activity. I wonder how they will react to it since they are older.

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    1. You know, I have done most of the activities (in some form or another) on the blog with teens...and they will surprise you. Most of my teens (although a little resistant at first) usually dig most of it : )

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