Sunday, September 23, 2012

And I just can't fight this feeeellin' anymoooorreeee

Feelings. Its at the heart of all we do, everyone has them and understanding them is a first step in getting your client to be able to take control of them.

You can incorporate feelings education into....well pretty much everything. But, here are some ideas (more to come!):
Feelings Jenga
Use a standard set of Jenga...but modify it by either painting the blocks various colors (each color represents a feeling), or you can write various feelings on the blocks. Play as you normally would but, when they pull out a block have them state the feeling written (or the feeling the color triggers). You  develop a great conversation starter for understanding triggers as well as learning coping skills.

Feelings Memory
I made my memory card by printing off various images (make sure there are matches in there) and pasting them on note cards (you can buy some but, this was cheaper : )). Mine have seen better days, a crayon melted in the bag they were in, hence the blue tint) BUT, they still get the job done.  Same with Jenga, play as normal and when the client get a match, identify the feeling being represented and process, teach and practice.

Feelings Charades
A great book (simple, colorful easy to read and right to the point) is The Way I Feel, add this book to your library!! I utilized it to initiate a game of feelings charades. First we read the book, then I made charade cards for each feeling represented in the book (my client was little but, with older clients you can have them draw with you). Then we placed them in a bag, pulling them out and played the game as usual. I allowed my client (again, a little one) go through the book and find the picture to match what I was representing (and vice-versa).

If you have a client who is well versed in feelings, just create the cards together and play the game as per the usual rules.

Feelings Dice
I bought a cheap-o foam set of dice from the dollar store for this one and modified it with my client (so much more durable than folding the paper to make the dice). We cut out squares to match each size, then brainstormed/reviewed various feelings we have talked about to date (and throwing some new ones in there). 

My client and I then divided up the list and each drew images to cover our own dice (different feeling for each side and this way you don't have doubles). All you have to do is roll the dice when completed and you have endless discussion starters!

Happy Sunday Y'all!

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