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The “Happiness Rating Chart”

Children on the autism spectrum have difficulties in understanding and evaluating their own emotions. Here’s an activity that helps develop these skills.

As children with Autism, Asperger’s or PDD become older, we need to teach them to make choices. Also understanding the concept of priority, or what they want the most is very important. To teach children these skills, we need to first teach them to understand themselves and evaluate their feelings. You must have seen charts that allow children to point and identify if they are feeling happy, sad, angry etc. This activity takes that evaluation one step further. We get the child to tell us what makes them happy the most. Here’s an idea I used with a child that I am working with. Hope you find it useful for your kids too!!

Making this chart was really simple. I just found a few clipart images on the internet, put them together on a word document and printed them out. Here’s what it looked like.

Child marks 3 stars against an activity that makes him very very happy

The child has to look at each picture and decide how happy it makes them feel and rate it between 1 and 3 stars. When I first explained this activity , the child was a little confused, so I worked with her on the first few pictures, but after a while she got the hang of it and started rating all the pictures on her own. I let her draw the stars to show how happy it makes her feel.

Once your child gets the hang of it, you can use this concept and help the child rate activities as they do them, just to see how much they enjoy them.

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