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 :
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!