8 Games that You Can Use to Help Develop Kids’ Emotional Intelligence

As I’ve written in previous posts, I like to take time early in my work with a child or young person to talk about emotions, to assess what the child’s emotional awareness is, her ability to express a wide range of emotions, and how she copes with various emotions. Having a sense of a child’s emotional intelligence at the start …

Carey Emmerson8 Games that You Can Use to Help Develop Kids’ Emotional Intelligence

6 Ways to Use Feeling Charts to Help Build Children’s Emotional Intelligence

I love using feeling charts with my therapy clients. For almost every kind of presenting issue, some kind of emotion chart will usually make an appearance within the first session or two when I am working with a child. Using this tool helps me assess and improve a child’s emotional awareness and vocabulary, which are important aspects of a child’s …

Carey Emmerson6 Ways to Use Feeling Charts to Help Build Children’s Emotional Intelligence

Help Kids Identify and Express Emotions with “Feelings Match-Up” Game

As I shared in a previous post on an activity called “A Feeling for All Seasons”, I use emotion charts with most of my child and some of my teen clients. I find they help kids to identify and verbally express their emotions, learn to recognize and empathize with others’ emotions, and as a result help children learn how to …

Carey EmmersonHelp Kids Identify and Express Emotions with “Feelings Match-Up” Game

Help Kids Identify and Express their Emotions with “A Feeling for All Seasons”

Summer is winding down! Cue the sweaters, the scarves, the fuzzy socks, and of course the Back-to-School rush. While I am not exactly keen on shorter, cooler days, the changing of seasons does provide a great opportunity to bring some seasonal touches into the classroom or counselling office. One way to do that is with some Fall-themed feeling faces. I …

Carey EmmersonHelp Kids Identify and Express their Emotions with “A Feeling for All Seasons”

Mind-n-Mettle: A Little Tech and a Ton of Fun Building Emotional Intelligence

Identifying and recognizing emotions is a tough skill for many children to learn. Kids with a history of trauma, ADHD, those on the autism spectrum, and many others may struggle to recognize other people’s emotions. And yet, this skill is so very important in helping children to develop empathy, friendships, and participate in basic social interactions. Social skills group activities …

Carey EmmersonMind-n-Mettle: A Little Tech and a Ton of Fun Building Emotional Intelligence

4 Puzzles to Get to Know Your Clients

Here is an activity that will help you build rapport, get to know a new client, and assist you in your initial assessment of the child. These puzzles could be useful with kids with any presenting problem. Each of the puzzles features a colourful picture on the front, along with an affirmation statement (e.g., I am strong), which can launch …

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Build Emotional Awareness and Expression Using This Printable Game

Today I’m uploading a variation on the game of checkers. This version of the game features a board with a number of different feeling faces (like those found on a standard feelings chart) on the playing squares: happy, sad, angry, afraid, disgusted, surprised, loved, confused and joyful. Simply print off the gameboard, grab some movers, and get started.Set the game …

Carey EmmersonBuild Emotional Awareness and Expression Using This Printable Game

Therapeutic Activities for Techsavvy Kids

As much as I was never a huge fan of screens in the playroom, I always seemed to find myself with one or more clients whose main interests were all things computer, ipod, xbox and to whom everything else in the playroom is “boring”. This seems to be increasingly the case as kids are plugged in from an earlier age.I …

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DIY Board Game

I’ve often used board games with elementary aged clients, whether therapeutic board games or mainstream games. Games are a great way to build rapport, conduct assessments, develop social skills like taking turns and sharing, and work on specific skills. In a previous post, I specifically looked at Games to Promote Emotional Expression, which mostly deals with uses for mainstream games. …

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Pool Noodle Extravaganza

What do you get if you combine pool noodles with balloons? Countless variations of high-energy fun to use with the kids you work with. If you have really energetic clients or group members, they might enjoy this more active session game during the early stage of counselling. Use this game for rapport building or assessing and promoting emotional expression. The …

Carey EmmersonPool Noodle Extravaganza