Sunday, January 30, 2011

Using Michael's Interest in Thomas the Tank Engine

I've been writing stories using Thomas the Tank Engine as the main character to help Michael talk about what he is thinking and feeling...

Thomas the Tank Engine moves on his track and the track takes him to different adventures.  When Thomas travels on the track, he meets other trains along the way.  He is always curious about what is happening.  During every adventure, Thomas has a certain feeling.  Most of adventures Thomas has make him feel happy, and some adventures make him feel sad.  Some adventures make him feel really really really angry.   No matter what happens, Thomas always knows the other engines are his friends. 

S: tell us the things that make you scared
M: really really really fear when the storm comes thunder and lightening that fear happens

S: tell us the afraid fear part of thunder and lightening
M: fear the thunder and lightening the storm and the thunder and lightening and the rain the rain gets me wet and the thunder and lightening put the lights out and the computer out and the tv out and I can not watch what I want to I get afraid because I can not easy feel happy without the Thomas and friends treat me to be happy I easy they the friends that in

S: that makes sense to me. tell us your back up plan if the lights and the tv and the computer go out. what do you do to pass the time until they come on again?
M: say to mom to get lights on again

S: this is one of those adventures just like Thomas has on his track. your track is I need the lights back on.
M: the lights back on the track I do not like to be on.

S: I understand. you are on a track that makes you feel afraid and angry because the lights won't come back on when you want them to. in that case, your backup has to be to get on a different track. any ideas?
M: easy not to be on a different track

S: I understand. one idea I have is that I remember that the lights will come on again sooner or later. the light track will always be there. in the meantime since I want to feel happy at least a little I need to get on a different track... unless I want to keep feeling afraid and angry.
M: the really really really angry the feeling not easy to have and go to different track

S: you are absolutely correct. just because it's not easy, it still is possible. it means that you have to be okay with being afraid and angry for awhile until the lights come back on. in the meantime you can go on a different track. like mom just said. you might can go on the nap track or sit on your recycler on some other hobby.
M: I feel the anger too much to the different

S: ok. like we talked about before... sometimes you can switch tracks easy and sometimes there are days when it's a lot harder for you And ME to switch. we just have to remember it's possible so it will always be an option for us in our brains.
M: that sounds better get really really really angry lot of the time

S: do you think you can notice when you can easy switch tracks? that's all that any of us can do.
M: typing the words is easy yes

S: I totally agree. all we can do is do our best as best as we can. ok
M: really really really thank you that was help and easy to think about the day comes when thunder and lightening here I will try to remember this

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