Lovelyboy started a thread about Context Blindness and that got me thinking. When difficult child 1 was getting speech therapy to work on feeling words, putting a name to his feelings, and expressing his feelings appropriately, she started by having him identify feelings from pictures. Each picture had the face of a person with a slightly exaggerated facial expression. The people in the pictures were of varying nationalities. He quit doing them when he got a couple wrong but the more I think about it, it tells ME how much more he's going to struggle with this type of thing. He said a very Oriental-looking woman was angry because her eyes were half closed even though she had a frown on her face showing sadness. He also said an African-American man was worried because of his deep-set eyes even though he had a huge smile on his face showing happiness. difficult child 1 not only has the context blindness (VERY obvious to me) but he also misreads facial features as facial expressions. It is mostly about the eyes from what I noticed with this approach but throw that in with his lack of seeing the context, this kid is doomed. On the positive side, by teaching in the moment, he has learned two new feeling words to go along with the feelings he's having. That's two less feelings he "acts out".