Angela Isbell, MS, OTR/L, shares this image as a great tool for teaching kids about the brain. Using this as a craft activity, Angela helps kids get to know the “Thinkers” and the “Feelers” and where they reside in the brain. Next, they see what happens when the brain’s “lid is flipped”! This is a great way to help kids understand the fight-or-flight response and recognize strategies to “keep the lid down.” Angela is also one of our presenters.
Check out this great article by Dr. Hazel Harrison for more visuals and an in-depth explanation of this approach.
The following courses provide more in-depth information on addressing trauma and executive functioning skills related to the fight-or-flight response.