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Inside Out is one of the newest movies that has caught Korey’s attention being advertised at our local Walmart. I am so thrilled for this movie, as a parent of a special needs child, emotions need to be discussed with children daily. When a child has a good connection with their emotions and how to use them they can make their friends and themselves more comfortable interacting.
Inside Out Social Puppet Story
Ask Before We Hug
Korey has been working on using his words to express his emotions. Since Korey was a late talker he has tendencies to just get angry and yell or cry when he is upset. It has taken some time with his therapists but we are getting him to explain to us better, what is causing his emotions.
A difficult thing for Korey to do is remember that not all of is friends want hugs. He is a lovable little boy but he needs more control on keeping his hands to himself. Nancy, his teacher, came up with making social stories (using pictures, drawings or toys) to show and explain to Korey how to use hugs.
Using Inside Out plush toys that are available at your local Walmart, we found ours on an end cap in the toy section. Korey spotted them right away! Knowing that these toys are going to really come in handy with helping Korey understand emotions we bought one of each.
I put on a puppet show for Korey using the example of giving a hug to his friends. First I did the puppet show for him which you can follow in the photos below.
First I set up what they story would be about.
Using Inside Out toys I told him how some friends feel when he gives hugs without asking.
I made sure to cover all emotions that his friends feel sometimes when he gives them hugs forcefully.
I made sure not to dismiss how Korey feels afterwords as well. As his emotions are also important.
Having an emotional outcome that is negative which can turn into a positive was important for his story. I was then able to tell him how to change what he was doing to make him and his friends happy, thanks Inside Out for really giving your characters personality and emotions.
After doing the Inside Out puppet show I talked with him about how his friends feel when he gives them hugs without asking. Using cards as prompts I let him pick situations and then choose the emotional outcome.
Situational Examples for Toddlers
- Not sharing my toys makes my friend(sibling) feel__________
- Giving hugs without asking makes my friend(sibling) feel _____________
- Going to bed without a time limit warning makes me feel __________
- When I don’t get to play with my toys I feel ___________
- When my friend (sibling) breaks my toys I feel ________
Children who have no verbal communication are still capable of understanding emotions and there is always a way to use them. I am so excited for Inside Out coming out so parents can make sure that their children both understand how to use their emotions as well as interrupt others emotions.
Staying Involved Emotionally
Every day you can make an opportunity to connect with your child. Ask them how their day was, what made them happy and what made them sad. When your child is throwing a “fit”, talk them through it and ask them to use their words. If your child is nonverbal create an image board for them to point to or grab different emotions that they are feeling, if they have a therapist this is a great thing to discuss with them.
How do you help your child understand emotions?
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