Use the Everybody Worries Sometimes worksheet with your student after you have
had several get to know you sessions and several psychoeducation sessions. I like
to read each item to my student and just tell me “yes” or “no”. Some students
will insist on doing a “sometimes” or a “it depends on the situation”. With
that I have to say, “Overall, in general or on average”. If they say they can’t decide,
it’s usually a “yes” rather than a “no”. Next after you’ve done a lesson on body signals
when you worry, use the How I React When I Worry sheet as a checklist, reading them
aloud to your student and asking again, “yes” or ”no”. Allow your student to draw a
picture of what they might look like when they feel worried, or as I often have students
who don’t like to draw, I allow them 5 minutes on the computer to google a picture
they think meets this criteria. Be sure to monitor their computer time and use
(obviously!) The next 2 slides are a few scenarios to assess general emotional literacy
based on someone else’s situation. Usually this is easier than asking them how THEY
would feel. You may need to provide a feeling word bank if they are having a hard time.
Finally there is an exercise to rank the worries that you assessed in the first exercise.
This will take a good while, so do this in a separate session. Instructions included.