Stages Emotion Cards: A Timberdoodle Review

Two of our kids have high functioning autism, and while they can do well on many things, they do sometimes have trouble reading emotions.  Both children also receive speech therapy at home, and I often hear the speech therapist working with them by modeling different faces, asking them to explain what emotion she’s exhibiting and then explaining if they’re wrong.  Sometimes she’s even called me in to make a certain face.

When I got the opportunity to review Timberdoodle’s Stages: Emotion Cards, I immediately thought of both my using these with the kids and the speech therapist using them.

About Stages: Emotion Cards

The cards come in a sturdy box that also works as an excellent storage container.  There are 81 cards, including one card that is blank.  The cards are one of two types–either the card just has a single person expressing an emotion, or the card has two people together, expressing different emotions.

Each of the first 40 cards shows one person exhibiting one of five emotions–happy, sad, angry, disgusted, and surprised.  There are eight different cards demonstrating each of the five emotions.

One the back of each card, there is a number as well as a description of the card.  There are questions/conversation starters as well as program details, a place to write the date introduced, and a place to write the date mastered.

The kit also comes with a 16 page Instructions for Educators booklet that offered a variety of suggestions for how to use the cards.

These cards are sold as part of Timberdoodle’s Pre-K curriculum, but as our experience suggests, they are also excellent for children with autism who may have trouble reading facial cues.  It retails for $34.99.

Our Experience Using the Stages: Emotion Cards

I was so glad that there were two types of cards!  Both of my kids could fairly easily identify the cards that just contained one person, but the cards that showed two people interacting were more difficult.  The speech teacher used these for several weeks and generated good discussion with the kids such as how the people were feeling, what might have just transpired beforehand, etc.  One of my kids especially had trouble distinguishing between annoyed and angry, so these cards offered good practice.

I used the Instruction for Educators pamphlet to guide me on how to use these cards; we had fun playing “Go Fish” with the cards and also playing a matching game with them.

If you’re looking for a great way to teach your younger children or your special needs children emotional intelligence, these cards are an excellent choice.

Note: I received these cards for free in exchange for my honest review.  No other compensation was given.

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