Emotion Works was developed by Claire Murray in Edinburgh and about 18 months ago I came across it on the internet. The first thing that caught my eye was the visual cogs. Thinking that this would be good for the pupils with autism that we support at Reachout ASC, we jumped on a train and attended a training day in Glasgow.
We 'got it' straight away. We were working to develop the emotional literacy and problem solving skills of our pupils and here was a resource that would enable us to do this better. We liked it because it was visual and structured. It broke down all the issues around emotions into manageable components and this gave us the chance to use it flexibly with pupils of all different ages and abilities. The pack and licence gave us everything we needed to get us started and we still find there is everything we need in that. The extras that Claire has developed are great too.
This is from the Emotion Works website, explaining how Emotion Works works.
At the heart of the Emotion Works Approach is a simple and versatile visual resource called 'The Component Model of Emotion'. This colour-coded model identifies seven aspects of emotional knowledge and competence that work together to show how 'emotion works'.