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What’s the Size of the Problem?

on October 9, 2015

Girl Deep in Thought


Everyone has to deal with problems on a daily basis.  Some of those problems can be solved very quickly and easily and what we thought were big problems are really just bumps in the road.  It is important to match the size of one’s reaction to the size of the problem.


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What’s in Ned’s Head?  His head is full of problems big and small.  This week we carefully considered each of the problem cards from Ned’s Head.  Our Problem Thermometer gave us the criteria we need to check the size of the problem and make sure that our response was the expected response.

The problem cards came from The Spontaneous Speech Spot store at







The Problem Thermometer is available at









This new book, Social City, provided an additional way of looking at problems.  I like the way this book stresses that you have back-up to help solve problems regardless of the size.

Social City


Enjoy the weekend,



One response to “What’s the Size of the Problem?

  1. mhkeiger says:

    Wonderful lesson, Robin! I just got my copy of Social City and plan on doing a lesson on size of the problem with my kiddos this week. The new Social Thinking poster on Size of the Problem is a great teaching tool, too.

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