How to teach your child to understand emotion



My last two posts were about the No David books…..what I did forget to write about is that I use the first No David book shown above to teach the little ones the following three emotions:




Some of the little ones that I work with have a difficult time in understanding and expressing how they feel.  It can be challenging for language delayed children and children presenting with an autism spectrum disorder to understand how they are feeling and to express how they feel.

The three emotions listed above…I feel are a good starting point for the little ones.  Being able to understand and express when they feel mad, sad or happy would be a significant step in the right direction.  I would rather hear a little one say: Mad…..or Sad…..rather than having a tantrum….falling to the floor….screaming….and yelling.  Some of the little ones just have no idea how to process how they are feeling….and how to express their feelings.

The first No David book shown above…has three great pictures….there is a picture of David mad….walking down the hallway…with his blanket….as he was told to go to his room.  The little ones that I have worked with really have shown an understanding of how David is feeling just by looking at this picture. 

Then David is sad….crying….sitting in a chair….because he just broke his mother’s vase.  This picture also has been a great way for me to help the little ones to make the connection between a negative behavior shown by David….and his emotional response to what he did…he is crying and very sad.

Finally….as the story comes to an end….and David is now happy because his mama forgives him….you see the happiness in his eyes…and the response by his mother as she gives him a hug.

I hope this post was helpful.


About Kim

My name is Kim Marino and I have been practicing as a licensed speech and language pathologist since 1993. I work on Long Island providing diagnostic evaluations and services to children from birth to age 21. My experience is vast and am proud to say that I work with children that may present with articulation and phonological concerns, oral motor feeding concerns, Down Syndrome feeding, cognitive rehabilitation, auditory processing delays, receptive language delays, cleft palate feeding and sound development and expressive language delays. Most importantly, I am the mother of four amazing children and am happily married to my childhood sweetheart. I feel blessed to have my four children and so lucky to share this journey in life with my husband. I always had it somewhere in my head that I wanted to develop a blog or a website of some sort so that I could provide families with an additional that parents could help their little ones become a better communicator. And as I was developing this blog....I realized that I also needed to share the stories about my life and my children....and the funny things along the way that help to keep me smiling. Whether you are a working mother or not...finding balance between home, children and life can be a challenge....I hope that my blog helps to bring a smile to your face..and also some tools to help you help your little or big one. I hope you enjoy! Kim
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