In this group we discovered that thoughts typically come in three states- Past thoughts, present thoughts and Future thoughts which we listed on our large thought bubble. We also tallied how these thoughts made us feel Positive ( good) , Neutral or Negative ( bad). Once completed, I read aloud the book, What Is a Thought?
For this population of children to become self aware of their thoughts and reactions to them is important. Many of these children can be impulsive and reactive. I told them adults can also be reactive and not notice thoughts and that it was difficult. Especially so when we have a tornado of thoughts and feelings inside us. We need time to calm our bodies and thoughts before we respond or not more thoughtfully.
We made our Tornado Thought Jars , practiced breathing slowly as we watched them and shared what we noticed. All expressed calm. They were then asked when would be a good time to use their jars and all said when they are upset, angry etc. Finally they created another page in their digital journals and this time they were able to make a video of their jar as it settled their glitter thoughts... Like this one:
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I am passionate, a little bit quirky ( some may say a little bit more) and dedicated to serving children with Autism. These young people have touched me deeply and have made me a better teacher & hopefully person. I want to share what I have learned that allows these beautiful children to grow & sometimes thrive in my class.