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.