Monday, October 1, 2012

Where do You Feel Your Emotions?

Expressing emotions can be very difficult for children, especially those who are very young.  It is often easier for children to explain the sensations in their bodies (i.e., “My tummy hurts”) than to identify emotions (i.e., “I am nervous").

I found a drawing on the internet of a human body.  I use the image to help children identify the cues their bodies give them when experiencing certain emotions.  I give them a picture of the human body with the words, "When you are _____, where do you feel it?"  (I fill in different emotions such as happy, sad, upset, scared, and so forth).  The child can then mark or color the parts of his of her body where he or she feels the emotions.

You can discuss with the child what it means to be happy, sad,
upset, and scared, and help them explore how these emotions make their bodies feel.  By knowing what they are feeling in their bodies when feeling certain emotions, you will be better equipped to understand the child’s behavior and to help the child choose appropriate coping skills to deal with those emotions.

1 comment:

  1. This concept does work and is now being used at a clinic in Johnson City, TN. Brilliant idea, drawing, and way to allow children to be more "vocal" on feelings.