“WHAT ABOUT ME? DID I DO THAT TOO?” (BETHANY, AGE 5)
When you have siblings you have competition.
Congratulations, you’ve officially started the academic school year and your children are identifying the differences each is experiencing during their time a part from one another in the classroom.
Bethany created a visual picture using toys in the therapy office to indicate her home/school life. She moved each item intentionally and narrated how she felt about her brother and her feelings as identified as, “jealousy, loss, and even fear.”
We connected this visual display by narrating verbally just what we saw in front of us. How we visually read the scene vs. how we felt about it. Bethony noted that her story had her brother in opposition to her – not as a fight but literally in opposite to her toy character (if the toy representng her brother was up high, her character was low; he had space, and she was bombarded with stuff.
We explored opposites in movement and in scenarios. Sometimes, Bethany enjoyed having her differences and other times she saw that her brother and her had a lot in common.