University of Edinburgh

Emotional Wellbeing Training Programme: Getting it right for deaf children and young people

Presented on Wednesday 13 January 2010

Session 2 - Developing good Emotional Wellbeing

  1. Creating a safe place to explore emotions
  2. Set management strategies in place to handle difficult emotions & understanding consequences

How are we feeling today?

Pick a number from 1-10

1 - rubbish; 10 - fantastic

Tell us why...

Identifying Emotions

  • Young people found emotions easy to identify but will often say some emotions are wrong to have.
  • The emphasis in this session is on Emotion triggers Action, the consequences of this, is what we need to understand and have control over.

Connecting with feelings

In pairs

Think of something that makes you angry, make a note of how you feel; How does your body react? (p21)

Appreciating ourselves...

  • Compliment your partner, describe how did this feel?
  • Getting the compliment - how did this feel?

Strategies recommended by young people...

  • Bouncing comments: Great role play
    Visualising a cloak, Used for any age
  • Seeing Red: Traffic lights
    Need to pause at amber
  • Counting
  • Happy thought
  • Hopping

Notes: We have a choice as to whether we react, accept or reject a comment

Happy Thoughts

  • What makes you instantly smile?
  • Often used as a managing strategy for ydpc (& adults!)

Handling emotions?

  • What strategies have you used with young deaf people & children?
  • Can you think of any which you use may work or be useful for ydpc?

BBA - Bounce-Back-Ability

  • Turning negatives into positives
  • Storing negative experiences & fix them with solutions
  • Cards in the resource - handout no 3