Monday, July 16, 2012

Here is another idea for our resource collection.  You can do it simply...or more complicated.  Let me explain.  The tissue paper craft allows you to discuss feelings as well as you do with spin art (previous post).  In the blog that follows, you will see how to make it more complicated with the use of contact paper.  I should think you could try it both ways.  Here is the link:

In a more simple way, use a shape such as a heart, rainbow, or even just a star or oval to contain the craft.  Either draw it freehand on a piece of construction paper or cut the shape from construction paper.  Then, either cut tissue paper into squares or tear into any shape.  Using glue sticks or liquid glue (a preferred method), cover the shape with the glue.  Place the tissue paper into the glue.  With use of liquid glue, the paper colors will meld together.  This helps in the discussion of how feelings sometimes blend together. 

Anyone have other ideas on how to explain how feelings sometimes blend together making them difficult to explain?  I would love for us to share these and gain a great toolkit for use in our treatment!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Well blog readers,
I am wondering how to work out summer organizing of your resources.  Checking in with God every day is the key to making this treatment thing work.  God uses resources to guide us.  So, the best we can do is to organize these so that God can bring them to the forefront just when needed. 
When you look at your calendar for the day, you should be able to recognize the student's primary needs following your intake of course.  The needs might include a long list:  self esteem, poor impulse control, lying, hyperactivity, etc.  But you have to focus on the most important for the time or the child's circumstances.  If the child is facing problems due to their lying at school or at home, then the activity of the day should focus on this problem.
If the child has had problems with impulsivity, such as touching others in line at school or invading other's space, then that would be the treatment concern.
Forgive me for being elemental in this discussion.  I know there are others out there new to the field or unclear of how to begin in this position in a school setting.  
Blessings on how the Lord uses you and your resources to make the student more aware of the appropriateness of their behavior.  Success will come!