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Welcome!

Firstly, a massive thank you for buying our Feelings Board. Every purchase really does help our small business. So, from our family to yours – thank you. 

We started ASD after finding it incredibly hard to find high quality, ready-made visuals for our own autistic son, and becoming increasingly frustrated when our hand-made visuals fell apart after just a few short weeks or months.

Our aim, over everything else, it to help families just like ours to overcome some of the challenges faced while navigating life on the autistic spectrum.

With that in mind, we created this guide to help you get the most out of your ASD Feelings Board.

Membership

Become a member and get instant access to a wide range of resources.

– Illustrated social stories
– A range of introductory guides
– In-depth toolkits
– Free postage on all orders

With our silver membership COMPLETELY FREE, and our gold membership less than the price of a fancy coffee per month, you really don’t have anything to lose.

 

What’s in the Box?

  • 1 x A4 Rainbow-Coloured Feelings board
  • “me” Symbol
  • Hook & Loop Fastenings
  • Matching Colour-Coded Keyring

We’ve made all our products as easy to use as possible – we know you don’t have time to spend hours on making these resources, and once they’re done they need to last. 

We know from (bitter!) personal experience how gutting it is to spend hours making a set of resources only to have them fall apart a few weeks later.

That’s why all our resources are ready made, printed directly onto durable, BPA-free, non-toxic plastic.

 

 

Tips and Tricks

The Feelings Board is a versatile tool, and you can use it how you see fit to help encourage emotional literacy and regulation. However, because we know that it can be difficult sometimes to know what to do for the best, we’ve included some tips and tricks to help you get started. 

Explore Emotions Through Colour

The Feelings Board is a powerful tool for helping children understand and express their emotions.

Each colour on the board represents a specific feeling, providing a visual reference for children to identify and discuss their emotions.

Start by exploring each colour with your child, discussing what it represents and how it relates to their own feelings. This simple activity lays the foundation for deeper emotional awareness and communication.

Use the Feelings Board as a springboard for meaningful conversations about emotions.

Encourage your child to point to the colour that best matches how they feel, then ask open-ended questions to explore their emotions further.

For example, “Why do you feel that way?” or “What can we do to help you feel better?”

These conversations foster emotional intelligence and strengthen the parent-child or teacher-student bond.

The keyring companion provides a convenient way for children to carry their emotions with them wherever they go.

Encourage your child to use the keyring to express their feelings to you or their peers.

Teach them that it’s okay to show how they feel and that you’re there to support them.

By validating their emotions and offering a safe space for expression, you empower your child to communicate their needs effectively.

Help your child use the Feelings Board to navigate challenging emotions and make positive choices.

When your child identifies a feeling on the board, discuss coping strategies or activities that can help them manage that emotion.

Encourage them to take ownership of their emotional well-being by selecting strategies that resonate with them.

This empowers children to develop resilience and problem-solving skills in the face of challenges.

Incorporate the Feelings Board into your daily routine to foster a supportive and emotionally literate environment.

Use it as a tool for checking in with your child or students, discussing feelings, and problem-solving together.

By prioritizing emotional well-being and open communication, you create a nurturing space where children feel valued, understood, and empowered to thrive.

FAQs and Troubleshooting

Why do you use symbols, not photos?

Put simply, symbols work better than photos.

Autistic people, and young children too, can find it difficult to recognise emotions on someone’s face. They might detect if someone is happy or not, but any greater level of detail is too difficult to determine.

Also, an emotion on one person’s face can look totally different to the same emotion on someone else’s face.

Using symbols to represent emotions is a tried and tested way of generalising the emotion, and making it relevant to everyone.

How can I help my child understand and express their emotions effectively?

Our Feelings Board provides a visual and interactive way for children to learn about emotions.

Each colour on the board represents a different feeling, making it easier for children to identify and express how they’re feeling.

By regularly discussing emotions using the Feelings Board, you can help your child build emotional awareness and communication skills.

My child has difficulty recognizing emotions in themselves and others. Will the Feelings Board help?

Absolutely! The Feelings Board serves as a valuable tool for teaching emotional recognition.

By associating colours with specific emotions, children can learn to identify and label their own feelings as well as those of others.

Regular use of the Feelings Board can help improve your child’s ability to recognize and understand emotions in themselves and in those around them.

How can I encourage my child to use the Feelings Board to communicate their emotions?

Start by modeling how to use the Feelings Board yourself. Share your own feelings and discuss how you use the board to express them.

Encourage your child to point to the color that matches how they’re feeling, and then ask open-ended questions to explore their emotions further.

By creating a supportive and encouraging environment, you can help your child feel comfortable using the Feelings Board to communicate their emotions.

What if my child becomes overwhelmed by their emotions? How can the Feelings Board help them cope?

The Feelings Board can be a valuable tool for helping children cope with overwhelming emotions.

Encourage your child to use the board to identify how they’re feeling, and then discuss coping strategies or activities that can help them manage those emotions.

By providing a visual reference and a structured way to discuss feelings, the Feelings Board can help children feel more in control of their emotions and better equipped to cope with them.

My child is resistant to using the Feelings Board. How can I encourage their participation?

Start by introducing the Feelings Board in a positive and non-threatening way. Make it a fun and interactive activity by incorporating games or role-playing exercises.

Offer praise and encouragement for any attempts to use the board, and be patient as your child becomes more comfortable with it.

You can also try using the Feelings Board in conjunction with other activities or rewards to make it more engaging for your child.

What should I do if my child loses interest in the Feelings Board over time?

It’s normal for children’s interests to change over time, so it’s important to keep things fresh and engaging.

Try introducing new activities or games that involve the Feelings Board, or incorporate it into different aspects of your child’s daily routine.

You can also involve your child in the process by asking for their input on how to make the Feelings Board more interesting or appealing to them.

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Questions or Feedback?

Questions about your Feelings Board, or how to use it?
Unsure what other visuals would help in your specific situation?
Feedback about the product, or suggestions on how to improve?
Please do send us a message – we love to hear from our customers, and are always looking for ways to improve, or to help more.

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