If you are a clinician, therapist or teacher working with children who have difficulty with attention, concentration, distractibility, planning, organization, goal-setting, time management, task initiation, task completion, impulse control, mood management or inhibition you spend a good deal of your time helping children develop strategies to help them succeed. You hold team meetings, write IEP goals, perform task analysis and look for innovative ways to enhance children’s skill sets.
Teachers and clinicians have asked us how to learn more about the activities in Musical Thinking, 70 Play Activities, and Bloom Your Room, so we are producing 90-minute webinars for you all, learn more about them HERE. Participate, interact and enjoy. We can all learn together.
Here is a sample activity from 70 Play Activities.
Description: Children experience a broad range of feelings, some of which may feel too BIG to handle. We know from cognitive science that becoming aware of one’s feeling state empowers a person to better manage and modulate their feelings. With My Anger Manager, we help the child step back and look at what makes them feel anger, how they respond to anger and what other things they can say, think and do in order to use their anger productively while not letting it overcome them or interfere with their relationships. This printable is a handy resource for feelings exploration, conversation and problem-solving with children or teens.
Related Skill Sets You May Wish to Explore with the Children:
- Critical Thinking
- Emotional Regulation
- Impulse Control
- Narrative Language
Materials: Markers, pens, printable sheet.
Ready: Introduce the concept that we can talk about, write about and draw about how we feel in order to cope better with our feelings. Print out the My Anger Manager image to explore what led up to the child’s feelings and what the child can shift in order to manage his or her feelings better.
Let’s Play: “Experiences create all sorts of different feelings within us. With My Anger Manager, we can explore what happened and how it made us feel. Let’s go block by block and write down and talk about:
- What happened?
- What did the person say?
- How did it make you feel?
- What made you angry?
- What were you thinking?
- What did you say?
- How did your body feel?
- How can you think differently to feel calmer?
- What else can you think?
- If you think calmer thoughts, how will your body feel?
- What can you say to yourself to feel calmer?
- What can you say to the other person to get what you need?
- What can you say to the other person to help them remain calm?
- How can this experience look differently next time?
- What is your plan for staying calm?
- Let’s rewrite the ending to this story, how can it have a happier ending?
Excerpted from our upcoming book, 70 Play Activities for Better Thinking, Self-Regulation, Learning and Behavior (Kenney with Comizio, 2016).
Our new book, Musical Thinking, has over 25 printable pages to help you empower the children in your classrooms, clinical practices and homes by teaching them HOW their brains learn, not simply what to think.