Daily Emotions Chart for Special Needs Children
November 28, 2008 3 Comments
I have a friend with a special needs child. She told me that, she was upset. She unable to communicate what she saw in her child’s behavior at home to her sons teachers at school. Her son’s teachers were having a very difficult time managing him at school. Because the child was diagnosed with a mood disorder (as well as some serious behavioral problems and patterns)
I suggested having him fill out a mood chart to aid in comparing his behavior with affect over time. Somewhere I found an hourly mood chart on the WEB, downloaded it, and made some copied her.
I found out a couple months later, That the teachers at the school were actually sitting down and filling out the chart with her son. My friend was filling it out the chart at home as well and sharing with case workers and her child’s psychiatrist.
It was the simplest tool that helped aid a child to communicate what he was feeling to his teachers, his mother and his professionals. A simple aid to help people get on the same page.
Sadly I cannot find the mood chart I downloaded back then, so i thought I’d take the time to create a simple newone.
This is a HTML Table view of what a “feeling chart” might look like:
.IDaily Feeling Chart For Kids
Happy Sad Mad Scared Curi-ous Tired Ener-getic Wake
Noon Afternoon Early
Evening Night Bed
Day of the Week:_______ Date________
put an x in each box that tells how you are feeling right now
to be filled out with your parents and teachers over the day.
Not only does a feeling chart give the support people to a special needs child a better understanding of what the child is thinking…
It gives a child a chance to do something many are just afraid to do…Voice what they are feeling. Express themselves confidently.
You can download a PDF copy (readable with Adobe, Foxit Open office, etc) Clicking Here:
A download is also available on the Charts Tab of Pennsylvania Echoes Blog.