for Children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome
with emotions can be difficult for any child and even for adults. When
we have children with autism and Asperger Syndrome (AS), teaching them
how to recognize emotions and understand what they are feeling and how
to express themselves in an appropriate manner is extremely difficult.
Children with these differences see the world in their own unique way.
They often have trouble seeing the other persons perspective. This
leads others to feel that they are rude or do not care.
The products that I have created help teach and guide children in getting
in touch with their emotions and learning how to express them. In more
than a decade of working with children with autism and AS, I have learned
how important it is to be creative and think out of the box. Some of us
are lucky enough to speak and understand the language of emotions fluently.
We get it Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who do
not. We need to give the kids the tools that will help them to understand
and read situations. We need to help them read the cues of when someone
is really your friend and when someone is teasing you. We need to help
them speak a language which is very foreign to them. We need to help them
see the ways others see the word. When I create a product, I make sure
they work for the kids. The small card with the faces has
been called Guthries card. Guthrie, then 9, took an
advertisement for the poster cut it in half and placed it on his desk
so he could show his teacher how he was feeling.
Emotional Stickers and Poster
help others to show them the different emotions they may be feeling and
also to label the emotions of others. The stickers can be used in notes
and stories to identify their own feelings and how their behavior may
lead to different feelings in others. The stickers can also be used to
create an emotional dictionary, describing each feeling and relating it
to their life experiences.
Match Your Emotions is a fun game that allows
you to further explore emotions with the child. When you call out an emotion
you can have the child 1) name a time when you felt this way 2)name a
time when you noticed someone else felt this way 3) name a time when you
made someone else feel this way. This bingo game has been extremely successful
in helping kids have positive conversations about how to recognize emotions
in themselves and others, how their behaviors effect the ways others feel
and what they might do differently to get a different response.
Your Feelings gives children and adults a way to communicate their
needs and feelings non-verbally. They are very useful for teachers in
a classroom setting and have also been used very successfully by parents
in public situation where they do not want to draw attention to the childs
While children with autism and AS have many things in common, they are
each unique. Down by the Sea and Outdoor Extreme
are Taylor-made games. The parent or teacher completes
an extremely detailed questionnaire regarding behavior, sensory, communication,
friendship, and family issues. Cards are then hand tailored for the child
and family to allow for a game that also helps develop behavior plans
for addressing specific issues.
Hopefully, my products can make your life a little easier and bring a
little fun into dealing with serious issues. Always remember to surround
yourself and your children with people who understand the uniqueness of
these children and get it when it comes to relating to them.