Size of the Problem
#9 of 10 core concepts from the Social Thinking Methodology
Math is not the only activity that requires problem solving; we’re constantly problem solving socially when communicating with others, working in groups, doing homework, self-regulating, etc. Along the way, we encounter problems of different sizes that can cause negative emotions.
We teach that it’s expected to match the size of our reaction to the size of the problem (though this concept should be taught differently to different ages). For example, small problems warrant small reactions or none at all—however, this often requires emotional regulation—and that is easier said than done! In fact, some kids and adults get stuck focusing on their negative emotions instead of solving the problem—which can cause even more problems. Join Michelle Garcia Winner as she cracks open problem solving and emotional responses and shares developmentally based strategies to help individuals navigate it all. Plus, discover which Social Thinking materials will help you teach social problem solving across the ages!