If you’re a therapist reading this, you know that we learn from our clients all the time. I had such a neat experience with one of my kiddos in the play therapy room this past week that I wanted to share it here.
I was using our new “What’s Your Lava Level” app with my client, a 10 year-old girl, “W, who has used the app in the past. W listened to the story again and then moved quickly to the activity book. She decided to make her own volcano, and added a blue layer to the outline, stating that her lava level was higher than normal because she was tired. W continued to color in the layers of the volcano-green, blue, yellow, red. Then she told me that she had an idea. Here’s how it went:
W: “You pretend that you’re at the red level, and then I’ll tell you what to do. Ready?”
Me: “OK. Grrr… I’m really mad right now.”
W: “You need to take a deep breath.”
Me: (Deep Breath). “OK, I feel a little better.” (While I did this, she used the eraser on the activity book to erase the red level on the volcano).
W: “OK, that’s better, but you need to take another breath.”
Me: (Deep Breath). “Well, I’m starting to feel calmer…” (Again, W erased another layer, the yellow one).
This continued, with me breathing and W erasing levels, until she had coached me to take four deep breaths in order to return to a normal lava level. I love it when this happens-when a client internalizes the process so much that she’s able to coach me! I loved the novel use of the activity book. This is exactly how I’d hope the app could be used. I’m wondering if I’ve got a budding therapist on my hands! `