~I received the Kids and Parents Mood Magnets from Fun Fridge Magnets for review. Opinions and stories are my own.~
One of the things we work on every day with my youngest is teaching emotion. We realized some time ago that he had a little difficulty understanding different emotions, other than happy or yucky. It doesn’t seem like it would be a big deal, but many times when we want to know how he is doing it becomes complicated. Unless he was sick, he would just say he was happy. Sometimes he would confuse sarcasm or irritability with anger and other times anger with excitement and fun.
I used to work with cards that had different faces on them, but eventually he just thought that unless you made that specific face you weren’t feeling a certain way. Such as, if you weren’t smiling then you weren’t happy and if you didn’t have your hand on your head and looking down you couldn’t be bored. This brought us into just explaining how we were feeling at any given point and that worked better because he could see us, but we still couldn’t figure out his feelings.
Fun Fridge Magnets offered something new to try, a fun fridge magnet that had all the different feelings that children would generally understand and a little marker to put over his feelings. They also sent with it the Parent Mood Magnet that had Mom and Dad’s feelings. Every day when we woke up (and sometimes just when daddy got home) we would go and mark our feelings. Other times my husband and I would mix it up and have him try to guess our feelings.
At first I wasn’t sure if it was working out. He was always picking Happy for his moods, though he loved to make us all sorts of funny things. Then one day he lost his favorite truck, it was his best friend and he cried all the way home from the park. When we got home he sat there for a long time and then, of his own accord, got up and went and changed his feelings and said, “I am sad.”
It was the first time he said he felt anything different, even though he’d obviously been sad before about things. And when Daddy got home and said we would go out and find a new truck and it brightened him up, he exclaimed, “Oh! Gotta change your feeling! You are Happy!” And he did.
He may not always get our feelings right, but the fact that he is beginning to comprehend the many different expressions and emotions that we all have is amazing. We’re so proud of him! And we are incredibly thankful for the opportunity to have had a chance to use the Parent and Kids Mood Magnets.
Fun Fridge Magnets also has New Mom, New Dad and Pregnancy Mood Magnets. They were also featured in Autism Parenting Magazine!
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