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Taking CHARGE of My Rainbow of Emotions
Facilitator’s Guide and Workbook

NAPPA Award Winner!

Are you looking for the perfect way to provide better tools for individuals with autism spectrum disorder? Identifying, expressing, and dealing with their emotions in a socially acceptable way poses challenges for many children with autism spectrum disorder and related disorders. Starting with a checklist for assessing one's emotions, this innovative resource goes on to provide caregivers with a framework for giving students the tools they need to become effective emotional managers. Using the visual of a tool belt, strategies are grouped into the following categories: Chat Tools, Help Thinking Tools, Amusement Tools, and Exercise Tools - all tools have proven helpful for individuals with autism spectrum disorder, who struggle with social-emotional challenge. Lots of forms and visuals make this a practical and ready-to-use guide for any caregiver.


Dolly Bhargava, is a Disability Specialist Speech Pathologist and she has also completed a master's degree in special education. She works with children, adolescents and adults with complex social, emotional and behavioral difficulties in a variety of settings such as schools, accommodation, post school options, supported employment and prisons. Many of the individuals she supports have experienced abuse, neglect, family disharmony, repeated bullying, suffer from drug and alcohol addiction.  Through her experience she has learned that it is important to look beyond the tip of the iceberg and focus on what is below the surface to untangle the WHY? When an individual is losing their cool or having a meltdown they are trying to communicate that they lack the skills needed to effectively manage the challenging situaiton.  They need help to identify their emotions, express and manage their emotions in appropriate ways. Taking CHARGE of My Rainbow of Emotions provides this much-needed information in an easy-to-use format. Dolly also provides training nationally and internationally.

She has developed the Rainbow of Emotions App for the iPad on the iTunes App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/rainbow-of-emotions/id628301874?mt=8. All proceeds from the purchase of the app go to School for Parents (a not-for-profit organization).

She has also written the hugely popular Getting Started Series. These can be accessed as free downloads at: http://carsonst.wa.edu.au/parent-info/getting-started-books/

ISBN: 9781937473938

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LENEXA, Kansas
April 10 2015
Taking CHARGE of My Rainbow of Emotions is an excellent tool to teach children and adolescents how to understand their positive and negative emotions. The book begins with an easy-to-use assessment that helps the learner and adult coach understand the learner’s knowledge of emotions, emotional regulation, and strategies. The answers to the assessment questions point to where to start in the curriculum. As a result, there is no need for learners to relearn what they know. Similarly, the assessment ensures that learners don’t bypass important knowledge. The book’s greatest asset, however, is the CHARGE tool belt, which helps learners identify and select strategies that match their emotional needs. The strategies are lifelong – they can be used by children and adults alike. This book can be used by professionals in a classroom setting, a social skills group, or one-on-one. And it is equally applicable to home and school!
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