Technique/Tool/Resource: Baked Cotton Balls





Used For: (TF-CBT: PRACTICE) Cognitive coping for children with visual disabilities




Where Technique was taken from: Pinterest -





Supplies Needed:

1 cup flour

1 cup water

Cotton balls

Food coloring

Greased Cookie sheet






Detailed Description:

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

2. Combine and mix the flour and water together.

3. Pour the flour/water mixture into separate bowls if you're going to make different colors

4. Add food coloring to the bowls and mix



5. Dip your cotton balls into the mixture until they are completely coated.

6. Place covered cotton balls on a greased cookie sheet.



7. Bake for 45 minutes at 300 degrees.


8. Remove from oven once they're hard and let sit until cooled.


Together with the child, identify negative thoughts/problem thoughts. Use the baked cotton balls for thought stopping- have the child crunch the cotton ball when a negative thought pops into his/her mind. The crunch is an auditory signal to stop the thought, by literally breaking it/putting an end to it. Inside the cotton ball is still soft and fluffy = an alternative, positive thought is generated to replace the problem thought the child has just crushed. It’s kind of like a fortune cookie-inside is a good fortune. Instead, inside the cotton ball is an alternative, helpful thought (and it feels soft and fluffy vs, the pain a negative thought causes) that the child has generated to replace the problem thought.