Similar to storyboards, behavior bubbles are a tool to help children and teens understand the cause and effect between thoughts and feelings, and words and behavior. As your child begins to understand that what we think causes our feelings, and our feelings lead to our words and behavior, he can begin to make better choices about what he says and does.
A series of simple bubbles are used to fill in thoughts, feelings, words, and actions. You can use behavior bubbles to review a negative situation that happened earlier in the day or week. One set of bubbles is filled in with what actually happened. The second set is used to fill in more positive choices your child could have made.
Help your child fill in the first set with what he was thinking during the situation, what feelings he had, what words he said, what behaviors he did, and what the consequence was. The next step is to help your child fill in the second set of bubbles with better alternatives. What thoughts could he have had that might have been more socially acceptable? What feelings would these thoughts have led to and what would your child have said and done if he had thought differently about the situation? What would the consequence be if he could have done it this way?