Exploring Feelings (Anxiety)
Winner of a 2008 Teachers' Choice Award! Anxiety can be debilitating for anyone, but it can be especially confusing for a child. Learning about emotions helps children recognize connections between thinking and feeling, and helps them identify the physiological effects of anxiety on the body (sweating, increased heart rate, crying, etc.). This book provides a guide for caregivers and then the workbook section allows children to identify situations that make them anxious and learn how to perceive the situation differently.
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Activity 10 mins adults with Asperger's Affective Education anger management Antidote to poisonous anxiety or anger Asperger Syndrome Asperger's syn Asperger's syndrome Autism cards Carol Gray child or adult children and adults children with Asperger's Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Cognitive Restructuring Comic Strip Conversations discovered in session Discuss each person's Disorder effective emotional restorative emotional tool box examples or strategies EXPLORING FEELINGS Cognitive Exploring Feelings program feel anxious Feeling Relaxed FEELINGS Cognitive Behaviour fix the feeling Handouts of key High-Functioning Autism implementing the program Inappropriate Tools key points discovered Manage ANXIETY Math Test mins Key points parents person implementing Pervasive Developmental Disorder physical tools poisonous thoughts previous session Distribute Projects for Session Relaxation Activities relaxation tools Resource Handouts situation Social StoryTM social tools special interest teacher Therapy To Manage thermometer Thinking Tools Tools ____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ types of tools writing a Social
Page 9 - ... by feeling relaxed. For example, a teenage girl with Asperger's syndrome was an avid reader of fiction, her favorite book being The Secret Garden. She kept a key in her pocket to metaphorically open the door to the secret garden, an imaginary place where she felt relaxed and happy. A few moments touching or looking at the key helped her to contemplate a scene described in the book and to relax and achieve a more positive state of mind. Adults can have a special picture in their wallet, such as...
Page 13 - Feelings includes a discussion of inappropriate tools (with the comment that one would not use a hammer to fix a computer) in order to explain how some actions, such as violence, thoughts of suicide and engaging in retaliation are not appropriate tools or emotional repair mechanisms. For example, one child known to the author would slap himself to stop negative thoughts and feelings.
Page 3 - The amygdala is known to regulate a range of emotions, including anger, fear and sadness. Thus we also have neuro-anatomical evidence that suggests there will be problems with the perception and regulation of the emotions.
Page 8 - The child is encouraged to use his or her intellectual strength to control feelings using a variety of techniques. Selftalk can be used, such as, 'I can control my feelings' or, 'I can stay calm,
Page 3 - Affective Education. The main goal is to learn why we have emotions, their use and misuse, and the identification of different levels of expression. A basic principle is to explore one emotion at a time as a theme for a project. The choice of which emotion to start with is decided by the psychologist but a useful starting point is happiness or pleasure.
Page 13 - For example, one child known to the author would slap himself to stop negative thoughts and feelings. Another tool that could become inappropriate is the retreat into a fantasy world. The use of escape into fantasy literature and games can be a typical tool for ordinary adolescents but is of concern when this becomes the dominant or exclusive coping mechanism and the border between fantasy and reality becomes unclear, leading to concern regarding the development of signs of schizophrenia.
Page 7 - The goal is to find and be with someone (or an animal or pet) who can help change the mood. The social activity will need to be enjoyable and without the stress that can sometimes be associated with social interaction, especially when interacting with more than one other person (remembering the description, 'two's company, three's a crowd1).
Page 6 - Emotional Toolbox From an early age, children will know a toolbox contains a variety of different tools to repair a machine or fix a household problem. The strategy used in Exploring Feelings is to identify different types of 'tools' to fix the problems associated with negative emotions, especially anxiety and anger.
Page 3 - CBT has been developed and refined over several decades and, using rigorous scientific evaluations, proven to be effective in changing the way a person thinks about and responds to feelings such as anxiety, sadness and anger. CBT focuses on aspects of cognitive deficiency in terms of the maturity, complexity and efficacy of thinking about emotions, and cognitive distortion in terms of dysfunctional thinking and incorrect assumptions.