Posted in Emotion Identification

Body Signals Drawing

Children feel the same emotions that adults do, but can have a difficult time labeling them or how these emotions affect their bodies.  Knowing how their bodies react to feelings can help children recognize how they’re feeling faster, and increase their ability to use a calming strategies.  Their body’s response can help be a signal that they need to do something to calm down in order to stay in control of their bodies.

One of the strategies I use to help kiddos increase their awareness of body signals is by having them draw an outline of their body on a piece of paper.  I tell them not to color it in or draw a face just yet.  Then we have a therapeutic discussion about certain body signals that they think they experience when they feel angry.  As we discuss, I have them draw the body signal on their paper.

Some common ones include:

  • Clenched fist
  • Red/hot cheecks
  • Sweaty face
  • Frown
  • Sweaty/clammy hands
  • Growling
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Upset stomach/butterflies in stomach
  • Clenched jaw
  • Tightened/flexed muscles

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