Elevators and Emotions:
Here’s the first thing we need to recognize about elevators: they go up, but they also go back down.
Emotions work exactly the same way. Emotions can get higher and higher, and feel bigger and bigger, but they also can come back down.
In session, I start by drawing a long, vertical rectangle to represent our emotions elevator.
For younger children, around pre-school and kindergarten aged, we draw three circles along the side, at the bottom, middle, and top of the elevator.
For older kids and even teens, we’ll instead label the elevator on a 1 to 10 scale, where 1 represents just a little bit of that emotion, and 10 represents all the way at the top.Read More