This lesson for positive behavior groups in school counseling or private therapy will help kids identify with their negative behavior and turn it around to positive behavior. They will also have fun doing this positive behavior group!
Positive Behavior Group for Children Lesson One
(Ages 4 - 9)
Positive Behavior Training: Pick Your Jungle Animal
I use this positive behavior activity at the beginning of every positive behavior group. This positive behavior group is geared towards the elementary student, especially ages four to eight.
The rationale is that the child will pick an animal that exhibits behavioral traits that resembles their behavior.
Objectives for the Positive Behavior Group:
My client / student will adopt this animal for 4 -5 positive behavior group sessions.
In this first positive behavior group session the client / student will adopt and identify with the animal.
Materials for the Positive Behavior Group:
1 -2 packages of inexpensive plastic jungle animals
Positive Behavior Lesson Worksheet Below
Directions for the Positive Behavior Group:
1. Ask the children to pick an animal they would like to adopt for the positive behavior group sessions.
2. Once the child has adopted the jungle animal of choice ask them to draw a picture of that animal.
3. After the animal is drawn on the worksheet below ask the child to answer the questions on the worksheet either verbally, or by writing it down.
Note: The drawing process will help the child bond and identify with the animal.
Allow the child to take the animal home after the positive behavior group sessions have ended.
Note: It is often helpful to translate the animal in the "Dictionary of Symbols".
This translation can be useful when trying to figure out what the goal of the behavior is.
For instance, a child who chooses a lion will want power. The child who chooses a giraffe will want attention.
The "Dictionary of Symbols" will help you in the translation.
Positive Behavior Group Worksheet
My animal is a:______________________________________
I am going to name my animal: ____________________
This is what I want to teach my animal about positive behavior:
A goal I have for my animal is:
Draw a picture of your animal on the colored sheet below:
Disclaimer: This website and its content is intended for trained licensed mental health professionals and school certified mental health professionals to use for their clients / students at their own discretion.
*If you ignore the disclaimer above are using these techniques on yourself and you feel any discomfort or upset it is highly suggested that you seek out a licensed mental health professional immediately.
For any other type of mental health emergency call your local 911 / Police Number immediately.
Dr. Stangline does not offer advice / suggestions to anyone who is not a professional mental health provider, or a student who is studying this field and has questions about mental health programs of study.
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