Getting a sense of the passage of time

Describe techniques for coping with younger parts, for meeting their needs, and for communicating effectively with them.

Getting a sense of the passage of time

Postby JigsawAnalogy on Sun Jun 29, 2008 11:08 am

I will eventually post some other exercises for understanding the passage of time, but here's one that I found really effective with some of my younger parts.

Stepping into the present/away from the past
  • Number of people: 2 (could probably be managed alone, but it seems to work better if you have a helper).
  • Appropriate ages: 2 and older (I found it most helpful for parts between 2 and 9)
  • Location: works best outdoors (or if you have a really long hallway).
  • Supplies needed: none.
  • Triggering: no. (There is always the potential for something to be triggering, but this exercise seems to have a fairly low trigger-potential.)

This exercise is fairly simple. Go outside, somewhere with a long stretch of distance you can walk. Choose a fixed point (say, a tree or a lamp post). Have your helper stand there. Then figure out either the age of the part, or the year they were most active. Take one step for each year between that time and the present, walking in a straight line.

The part can then look back, and see a physical, concrete distance between the time they remember and the present. Then you might choose either to walk back to the helper or to have the helper walk towards you, showing that it takes some time for things from the past to reach you, and getting the concept that there is some control (one variation we had was for the younger parts to say "stop" when they wanted the helper to stop moving forward, so they got a sense that they had some control over how the past affected them).

This also works when you have your helper take the steps, counting out loud.

The process can be fairly subtle, if you aren't counting out loud, so it can be done without calling attention to yourself.

A variation could be to choose a fixed point, and move away from it, without having the helper.

If you have responses or variations on this exercise, please post or comment here.
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Re: Getting a sense of the passage of time

Postby doodles77 on Fri Jul 04, 2008 5:02 pm

we used an alarm clock . set it for one hour , then worked or played until the alarm went off . then someone would use the clock REGULAR KIND NOT DIDGI ans show how it workes with the long hand as one minute and the short one the hour ....

we would later on set the clock and say in one hour we are going to have a really yummy snack . you have one hour to think what you want ... this also encouraged the littles to work together because if the couldn't decide which of the choices we set the clock again ...

didn't take too long for them to understand if we decide first we get the treat faster
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