Monday, September 17, 2012

Focus Jug

Focus jug, feelings toss....you can use this very fancy toy in lots of different games...

Materials:
Milk Jug
Your random craft supply box

Cut out an opening in the milk jug (look at my fancy drawing! I should be illustrating manuals I tell you!)



Once you have made something that should be on the shelves of Toys R Us....give it to your client and have them cover it with--well whatever you are working with here....if you have mutipule jugs you can make one for each feeling....if you have one (like I did) you can have them cover it in pictures that make them happy.



Once its all perdy...you can play! I utlized my clients jug as a focus tool, teaching him how to be in control of his body and movements. We practiced being in control first...eyes focused, feet planted on the ground hands holding jug. Then I tossed the ball (watch the ball!) and yay! You caught it! 


Then I had the client become 'uncontrolled' jumping in place, swinging jug around, looking away...not so easy is it?


You can also make a feelings toss...with various jugs that represent each feeling..place them in front of the client and prompt them to try and get a ball in. Whatever feeling they land in they can state the feeling, a coping skill, a time they felt that feeling etc. Or for one jug have various colored balls...once they catch a ball..prompt them to state a feeling that color reminds them of and...well you know the drill (coping skills, triggers, practice!).






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