by Tony Attwood
This title is a winner of a 2008 Teachers' Choice Award! Many children,
especially those with developmental delays, have trouble understanding
or expressing their feelings. The result can be difficulty with anger
management. Listing possible responses to situations - and the likely
outcome of each one - allows the child to make informed decisions about
which responses to choose (walking away versus hitting). This book
provides a guide for caregivers and then the workbook portion asks
children to identify situations that trigger their anger and find
appropriate ways to respond.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy program "Exploring Feelings" by Tony
Attwood was designed to be highly structured, interesting and successful
in encouraging the cognitive control of emotions.
child participating in the program has a workbook for the six two-hour
sessions that includes activities and information to explore the
specific feelings of being happy, relaxed, anxious or angry.
are sections in the workbook to record individual comments and
responses to questions. At the end of each session, a project is
explained to the child, which is to be completed before the next
session. At the start of the next session the project is discussed with
the person implementing the program, which can be a professional or
metaphor was created of the child being an astronaut or scientist
exploring a new planet, as children with Asperger syndrome are often
interested in exploration of the physical world, science and science
fiction. The Exploring Feelings program is designed to explore the
mental world from a scientific perspective.
are two Exploring Feelings programs, one is designed to explore and
manage anxiety, the other to explore and manage anger. The evaluation
study of the Exploring feelings program for anxiety will be published in
the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry in 2005.