Draw/Find the Other Half
- You can draw around a circle for the faces then draw on the different expressions.
- Next, cover half of one side.
- Encourage the person to draw on the other side of what the emotion looks like. It can be easier for an autistic person to mirror symmetry.
- Label the emotions so that the person can relate the image to the word.
Another method is to make the activity more interactive by duplicating a copy of the image. Then use velcro so that the person can physically place the other half of the image onto the page.
A fun way to help someone understand emotions is to make faces out of Play-Doh or putty.
A Traffic Light Wheel
- Draw a circle and section it into a third.
- Draw on a happy face, neutral face and sad face.
- Colour in the sections: happy = green. neural = yellow. sad = red.
- Laminate then cut out the circle.
- Draw an arrow, laminate and cut it out. (You can use card as an alternative).
- Use a split fastener. Push it through the arrow and the centre of the circle.
- Draw out some facial expressions twice.
- Label the emotions.
- Laminate. An alternative option is to use card if you have no laminating pouches.
- Cut out the emotions into a square shape.
- Mix the cards up and play emotions snap.
- Draw a thermometer and colour in the sections.
- Label the sections with emotions. Remember to have the calm emotions at the bottom and the more extreme emotions towards the top.
- Draw circles and fill in the facial expressions.
- Glue down the thermometer onto paper. Label the emotions 1-5 at the side.
- Cut out some Velcro and place under the numbers.
- Cut out a small image of the person and velcro. An alternative is to use a general cartoon image from online.
- Encourage the person to place their image next to the emotion of how they are feeling at the time.
The 8th Sense: Interoception
When my son has a sensation, he does not necessarily link this to pain or feeling unwell. You can use a traffic light colour coding system to highlight the areas of your body that feel different. This is a great way to start off the process of linking that different feeling to being unwell.
Visual Support for Interoception
For those who cannot recognise that sensation of needing to go to the toilet, you can incorporate this task as part of a bedtime routine.
At sports time at school, you can create a small visual card to show an image of a drink next to the activity. This gives a visual prompt to drink water while playing sports.
Now and Next Boards
Click then print in landscape
Click then print in portrait
- Print off the alphabet activity template
- Laminate the sheets: another option is to print on card (your choice of colour)
- Cut out the letters
- Apply velcro onto the back of the letters and onto the grey boxes on the second sheet
- Place the letters onto the grey squares, leaving a few empty squares.
- Now you can play fill in the missing alphabet sequence
- You can also mix up the letters and encourage the person playing to sequence the letters in the correct order.
Alphabet Activity Template: