The Incredible 5-Point Scale
I am a SENCo in a primary school.This is a resource that is easily available to buy on the internet, with many links to research if a search is done on the internet. This resource was recommended at an AET training session and by the County's Communication and Interaction Team. The resource helps teach social interaction and supports the pupils' emotional responses to situations. With the child and teacher, we explore different situations, identifying the level of emotional response (what it looks like and feels like) they may experience and develop strategies to use at each point of the scale, 1 being happy up to 5 being angry. This resource was intended for our children diagnosed with ASD, but is now used as a class resource for children to use. This has been invaluable both for the adults to recognise where the child is on the scale, give them a shared language of emotions they can use with the child and support the child to calm down. The children have responded well to using this and are able to express where they are on the scale. Frequent check-ins are made throughout the day. All the adults in the school use this resource and have found it has given them a greater shared understanding of the child's emotional responses and strategies to support the child. As a result, the children feel more understood, less shame for their behavioural responses and have developed strategies they an use independently to help them to calm down. As a result of using this resource we are exploring using the "Zones of Regulation" intervention to further develop an understanding of emotional responses and support emotional control and regulation. The language of emotions that is taught through using this resource is very useful to develop with the current wellbeing agenda. Designed for pupils with ASD, this resource is seen as potentially useful for all children. Costs for "The Incredible 5-Point Scale" include the costs of the resource c.£40 in total, cost of printing and teacher/TA time. Our Learning Mentor was also involved in developing the resource with individual children and the class teacher.