In previous posts, I related Christopher’s difficulty managing strong feelings. He now has a plan and remains in the rehearsal stage. His plan starts with a brief review of his goals for self-control and maturity. Then he is given the following description of what to do. I have added spacing between each word to improve his silent reading.
When your feelings get stronger than a 5, you will take this book to a quiet place. Read your plan. Your plan will help bring your feelings back to a 5 or less. You decide which of the following activities will bring your feelings under control. If you come back before you are at a level 5 or less, you will take your plan and try again.
The final 5 pages describe and show possible strategies. Here’s a sample:
Do 20 jumping jacks.
His rehearsal includes knowing the designated quiet place, pretending to be upset, using his plan, and then repeating it as he pretends he’s not ready to rejoin the group. Christopher was hilarious when we practiced last night. When we started the rehearsal, I said, “You look like you’re past a level 5.” With a gleam in his eyes and a jump for emphasis, Christopher answered, “I’m at a 10!” Great job of roleplaying!