Applicable To: Groups or Individuals
CAPPD Concepts: Attuned
What It Is:Use pictures of different facial expressions and calm/scary/exciting/etc scenes. Ask children to match the facial expression to the appropriate scene.
Why It Helps: Children affected by trauma have trouble accurately identifying emotional states; they often over-interpret people’s displeasure or upset. For example, they have difficulty differentiating between neutral, sad and angry expressions and may interpret even the slightest sign of annoyance as threatening to them; i.e. expression of fury. The activity provides the opportunity to practice accurately identifying emotional expression and builds neural pathways.