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Chapter 9 - Session 4: The Zoomies and the Shakies, Part 1

from Part II - A Session-by-Session Guide to Feeling and Body Investigators

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 November 2023

Nancy L. Zucker
Affiliation:
Duke University Medical Center, Durham
Katharine L. Loeb
Affiliation:
Chicago Center for Evidence Based Treatment
Martha E. Gagliano
Affiliation:
Duke University Medical Center, Durham
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Now we are really in a rhythm. The only thing that changes from now to the end of the treatment are the characters, related body sensations, and lessons about the body. The Zoomies and Shakies are the first session in which we really focus on emotional experience. If you think of an over-simplified classification system for emotions in terms of valence and arousal, then Session 4 focuses on high-arousal negative emotions (e.g., fear, anger). Betty the Butterfly, Tommy the Thunderbolt, and Julie Jitters are sample characters in this session. A sample investigation would be to try several activities and compare them to see which brings out the most butterflies. In this way, we directly alter the way that children are experiencing their emotions – rather than running or being afraid of them, they are actively seeking these emotional experiences in a playful context.

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Treating Functional Abdominal Pain in Children
A Clinical Guide Using Feeling and Body Investigators (FBI)
, pp. 78 - 88
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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