We have discovered a simple tool in the ABA Flash Cards – Emotions app developed by Innovative Mobile Apps. The app is essentially a set of photos of a variety of different faces showing a variety of different emotions. We take one child away from the group and show a picture of one of the emotions in the app. That child then attempts to replicate the emotional expression and checks if he is doing it right by looking in a hand held mirror. When he is satisfied that his expression accurately reflects the emotion he is trying to convey, he shows it to the group who then guesses what that child is “feeling”. When the group members are correct, the “actor” proudly turns the iPad around to show the group what he was mimicking. With older kids, we talk about why the child in the picture may be experiencing that emotion. We talk about what could have happened to cause that feeling. We discuss when and where the kids in the group may have felt that way and how others reacted to them.
Yes, this activity could be done with photo cards as well but the extensive number of cards, the capability to put your own photos in the program AND the fact that this is an “app” make this a much more acceptable and cool way to work on that big concept…Emotions.