... Emotional identification,
... Emotional understanding,
... Emotional regulation.
In contemporary literature on child development, a child's mastery of the "Three 'E's" is highlighted as being essential for his or her ability to actively participate and adapt to the demands of different social partners and different social settings. These capacities are often challenging for children with social learning disabilities, social-emotional vulnerabilities, and children with regulatory challenges. With The Feelings Book, children are provided with a simple visual tool for:
(a) selecting and expressing one's emotional state,
(b) considering the intensity of that emotion, and
(c) comparing the emotional event to other events that evoked a similar reaction. Additionally, children are provided with an easy reference guide for
(d) selecting appropriate coping strategies that coincide with their ever changing emotional states.
In clinical therapy sessions and social skills groups, the authors implemented these visual supports with great success, as each tool can be individualized to the child's unique needs as well as a family's preferences in regards to coping strategies that match the expectations of their household and culture. In addition to their own clinical experiences, the authors' work is strongly influenced by Dr. Tony Attwood and Carol Gray, who have provided great insight into the development of learning supports and accommodations for children and adolescents with social learning disabilities.
The Feelings Book is appropriate for any child who has difficulty with emotional identification, understanding, and regulation. It is most suitable for children in the elementary school years. Additionally, children who have difficulty expressing their emotions in appropriate ways may also benefit from intervention guided by the Feelings Book. Before using this support, a child should already have a basic vocabulary of emotion words, reading skills at the 1st grade level or above, and basic drawing or writing skills (or a caregiver willing to take dictation).
With The Feelings Book a child may learn to identify and/or express his or her emotions using a broader range of emotional vocabulary such as happy, silly, sad, embarrassed, bored, scared, frustrated, and mad.
Each Feelings Book kit includes:
... A 17-page laminated book;
... A dry erase marker, and
... "Step-by-Step; Lessons for Implementing the Feelings Book", a guide providing support for fostering the "Three E's."
17 pages. 2004