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One of the things that Sweet B has consistently struggled with are abstract concepts such as moods. She’s done somewhat okay with concrete concepts such as colors, numbers, foods, or anything else that has some sort of association with the senses. If she can feel it, see it, taste, smell it, or touch it- she’s more likely to remember what it is and have an easier time with learning it.

Of course it still takes repetition, but that’s just how she learns. With abstract concepts, on the other hand, it’s definitely been more of a struggle. But, I’ve also learned (through trial and error, and a lot of assistance from her team of teachers and therapists) that visual representations do a world of good. By being able to associate a picture with a mood, for example, Sweet B is able to express herself.

The movie Inside Out has really helped her with this and recently, we had the opportunity to take a look at a book and toy set called The Moodsters.

Are you seeking to help your autistic child understand moods? Maybe you want to help your preschooler with this concept as well. Check out our review of The Moodsters and download free pack of mood cards.

We were provided with complimentary product to facilitate this post. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.

In this book, the Moodsters introduce the following moods: Happy, Afraid, Angry, Loving, and Sad.

Along with the book, you also get a Moodster Meter which is another great visual way for a child to express how they’re feeling at that moment.

the moodsters for autism

In fact, for someone with limited reading skills like Sweet B, the Moodster meter was the far more handy and useful item in the package. That’s not to say that we didn’t find the book useful, just for her- the meter made more sense. I think it was also more appealing to her because of the lights. If it made music, then she really would have been sold on the idea.

But I digress.

Overall, I think that this is a really helpful tool for helping her to understand moods and feelings. While the book may not be what she needs right now, the meter aspect definitely helped.

I also created a quick set of cards to go with the book set.

my moods preview 1

This time around, the clipart is from Edu-Clips and you get one set of cards with no words and one set of cards with words. You can use these for matching or for identifying different emotions and feelings.

What ways do you have for helpings kids identify moods?

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Kori is a late diagnosed autistic/ADHD mom. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodiverse family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. A blogger, podcaster, writer, product creator, and coach; Kori shares autism family life- the highs, lows, messy, and real. Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori is on a mission to empower moms of autistic children to make informed parenting decisions with confidence and conviction.

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