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how full is your bucket

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How Full is Your Bucket?

CHEO Mental Health Information Committee

this is only a draft

THIS IS ONLY A DRAFT!

Send feedback via contact form on www.drcheng.ca

goldilocks and the three bears
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Once upon a time, there was a girl named Goldilocks
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Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • The last porridge is JUST RIGHT!

Image from http://www.public.asu.edu/~atbrl/goldibowls.gif

just right
“Just right”
  • Just like Goldilocks, there are times when you feel “Just right”
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In order to properly
    • Learn
    • Work
    • Play
  • You need to be “just right”
you have a bucket
You Have a Bucket!
  • To feel just right, you have to have “just enough” going inside your Bucket!
what do you mean a bucket
What do you mean, a bucket?
  • Our bucket holds all our sensory stimulation/input as well as the stresses, frustrations, worries, and basically everything that we have to deal with each day
different things fill our buckets
Different Things Fill Our Buckets
  • What fills your bucket might not fill another person’s bucket
different things empty our buckets
Different Things Empty Our Buckets
  • What empties your bucket might not empty another person’s bucket
getting just right is about getting just enough senses in your bucket
Getting “just right” is about getting just enough senses* in your bucket
  • Touching
  • Hearing
  • Seeing
  • Taste
  • Smells
  • Movement

* sensory input, sensory stimulation, etc…

getting just right is also about life being balanced
Getting “Just Right” is also about Life being Balanced

Demands /

Expectations /

Stresses

Coping Ability

typical demands expectations
Typical demands/expectations
  • Physical
    • All the physical expectations that our body has to cope with to get by every day
    • Medical, psychiatric and developmental conditions (e.g. sensory processing disorders) can all make it tougher on our bodies
  • School/work
    • Teachers / schoolwork
    • Other students, bullying, peer pressure, etc.
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Typical demands/expectations
  • Friends
    • Friends
    • Boyfriends/girlfriends
    • Drug Use
    • Peer pressure
  • Home
    • Parents
      • Separation/divorce
    • Brothers / sisters
q what happens when demands stresses coping
Q. What happens when demands/stresses >> coping?

Coping Ability

Demands /

Expectations /

Stresses

when overwhelmed people may have problems with
When overwhelmed, people may have problems with…
  • How they feel physically
  • Their emotions
    • Fight (e.g. anger)
    • Flight (e.g. anxiety)
    • Freeze
    • Sadness
    • Etc…
  • Their behaviours
    • Withdrawal
    • Aggression
    • Controlling
    • ETc…
there are two solutions to restore the balance
There are two solutions to restore the balance...

Demands /

Expectations /

Stresses

 Coping Ability

q what happens when coping demands stresses
Q. What happens when coping >> demands/stresses?

Demands /

Expectations /

Stresses

Coping Ability

the underwhelmed individual may have
The underwhelmed individual may have:
  • Complaints of boredom and even…
    • Depression / anxiety / anger, etc..
  • Do things to stimulate him/herself to keep from being bored!
life is like weightlifting30
Life is like Weightlifting

Life is best when you can lift what life gives you, i.e. when your lifting ability matches the weight you have to lift

50 kg

50 kg

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Life is like weightlifting

Child’s Coping: Ability: what the child can lift

Demands: what we are asking the child to lift

5 kg

100 kg

question
Question

What would happen if you could only lift 5 kg, but someone forced you to lift 100 kg?

5 kg

100 kg

answer
Answer

You’d get hurt, injured, bruised, and be extremely stressed! And your nervous system would get angry [“fight”] or scared, anxious [“flight”], etc…

5 kg

100 kg

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5 kg

6 kg

Answer

1. Reduce expectations lower and lower until child is successful

2. Once child is successful, then gradually increase expectations again over time

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Answer

1. Reduce expectations lower and lower until child is successful

2. Once child is successful, then gradually increase expectations again over time

7 kg

6 kg

q when are you feeling just right
Q. When are you feeling “Just Right” ?
  • (Usually its doing the things you like to do, like a favourite subject/class, activity, having fun with family/friends…)

1. _____________________

2. _____________________

3. _____________________

4. _____________________

5. _____________________

when our bucket is full we can feel
When our Bucket is Full, We Can Feel…
  • Frustrated
  • Sad
  • Worried / Nervous (“Flight” response)
  • Irritable / Angry (“Fight” response), etc…
what fills your bucket is different for each person and includes sensory things
What fills your bucket is different for each person, and includes sensory things
  • Touching, some people don’t like touch
  • Hearing, some people don’t like sound
  • Seeing, some people don’t like bright light
  • Taste, some people are sensitive to tastes
  • Smells, some people are sensitive to tastes
  • Movement, some people are sensitive to movement
q what fills up your bucket
Q. What Fills Up Your Bucket?
  • (Usually its times when you’re mad, sad, scared, stressed, frustrated…)

1. _____________________

2. _____________________

3. _____________________

4. _____________________

5. _____________________

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Q. What Fills Up Your Bucket?

For those with sensory issues, it might include…

1. Sensory such as too little/muchSounds

  • Touch
  • Movement
  • Smells
  • Light

2. Motor issues, e.g. fine motor such as handwriting, gross motor such as gym…

q what fills up your bucket44
Q. What Fills Up Your Bucket?

It might include…

  • Even the slightest changes / transitions
  • School (teachers, schoolwork, students)
  • Home (parents, sisters/brothers)
  • Friends and relationships, etc…
q what empties your bucket
Q. What empties your Bucket?
  • (It might be the things you like to do, but includes soothing and ‘self-regulation’ strategies…)

1. _____________________

2. _____________________

3. _____________________

4. _____________________

5. _____________________

q things which empty everyone s bucket are usually
Q. Things which Empty Everyone’s Bucket Are Usually…
  • (So-called soothing or modulating strategies…)
  • Telling someone else!
  • Time outs when stressed/upset
  • Sleep
  • Proper nutrition
  • Sensory things (e.g. deep pressure, rocking, soothing smells, soothing music, etc…)
ross greene s collaborative problem solving approach
Ross Greene’s Collaborative Problem-Solving Approach
  • Using the baskets is about reducing excessive demands/expectations, and reducing them to a level where the child can cope
how is your engine running
How is your Engine Running™?

Just right

Too Low /

Underwhelmed

Too High /

Overwhelmed

using your thumb
Using your thumb!
  • You can ask your child to put his/her thumb in 3 positions
    • Thumb up – “just right”
    • Thumb down
    • Thumb horizontal
    • NEED TO FINE TUNE THIS ONE!
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How Full is Your Bucket?

when our bucket is full we can feel53
When our Bucket is Full, We Can Feel…
  • Frustrated
  • Sad
  • Worried / Nervous (“Flight” response)
  • Irritable / Angry (“Fight” response), etc…
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When our Bucket is Full, We Can Feel…
  • Frustrated
  • Sad
  • Worried / Nervous (“Flight” response)
  • Irritable / Angry (“Fight” response), etc…
in summary
In summary…
  • Everyone has a bucket
  • Our bucket holds all our stress and what we have to deal with every day
  • Our buckets can be empty, full, but its best when its “just right” or “just full enough”
  • We can do many things to 1) keep our bucket from filling or 2) empty our bucket!
acknowledgements and license

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Acknowledgements and License
  • Thanks to all the children, youth, families, educators, and fellow colleagues who have helped give feedback on the Bucket!
  • You are free to share and distribute as long as 1) these materials are not used commercially, and 2) as long as materials are distributed in its entirety
  • If you are a non-profit organization / health professional, feel free to contact use about adapting these for your own use
  • Knowledge must be shared