Meeting Update

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We have a support group for moms in the Tulsa area!

Our group meets the first Thursday of every month from 7-9p.
We welcome all moms who are parenting children who have Asperger's Syndrome.
For locations and last minute updates about meetings, check here or (even better) check our Facebook page.
We are currently meeting in the back room at Mazzio's on 51st & Sheridan in Tulsa.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Feelings

Feelings and emotions, we all have them. However, being able to identify and express them can pose a huge challenge for our kids. Experiencing too much emotion without being able to identify and express often causes our children to go into Fight, Flight, or Freeze mode (i.e. Anxiety/Meltdown). At a recent therapy appointment, I was reminded just how important it is to teach my son how to put words to emotion.  When learning, we need both emotions and logic.  Too much emotion and we move immediately into Fight, Flight, or Freeze. I don't know about you, but when I'm in that mode, I totally shut down and so do our kids. The trick is being able to move yourself from the emotional side of the brain into the logic side of the brain. This is where being able to define what we are feeling comes in handy. Once you can put a name to an emotion, you move into logic. One of the tools the therapist recommended is the emotions and facial expressions illustrations below from the book "Navigating the Social World" by Jeanette McAfee. She also gave me the handout on Other Feeling Words. I thought these were great resources to share so I brought them to our August meeting and was asked to share them on the blog. Another great resource to teach emotion that Julie has used is "The CAT kit" by Dr. Tony Atwood. It is a very detailed and pricey program but one worth checking out. If this is a really challenging area for you, it might be worth the investment of time and money. In the meantime, I hope the information below will be helpful, especially with the start of the new school year! Heather