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An activity for identifying different emotions and associating them with various levels of intensity. Many young people who have autism have difficulty navigating subtle nuances in emotional reactions; they often jump between extremes. This worksheet helps students on the autism spectrum to broaden their language and to be able to self-advocate and describe the way they are feeling to others. Often the most severe word for an emotion evokes a blow-out of that extreme (hence comparing it to hot lava spilling out of a volcano.) For each box the student can draw a picture of how the emotion looks for them, then with a teacher's guidance they can list three synonyms for each emotion.
Example: Label the first box with "Sad." The three synonyms in order of intensity might be "unhappy" (low), "troubled" (medium) and "heartbroken" (high).