* A rigid thinker's brain is stuck thinking ONLY about what THEY want.
* Being rigid doesn't feel good in our body--it makes us upset.
* A flexible thinker moves their brain around the problem to find solutions.
* A flexible thinker says things like "Okay, maybe next time." and "Okay, I'll try".
* A flexible thinker asks for help when they are stuck on a problem.
* While we can WISH things were different, we still need to behave flexibly. It makes our body feel better.
We have been learning about "flexible" thinking and "rigid" thinking. To make these abstract concepts more concrete, we used a pipe cleaner (flexible) and a popsicle stick (rigid). Students have had the opportunity to try to bend each of these items to see what happens. We've had fun acting out scenarios and situations and identifying rigid thinking and flexible thinking. I've listed the language we've used to discuss these concepts so you can also discuss them at home.
This language has been beneficial at school and is helping children understand that even though things don't always go our way, we can control how we react to a situation or problem. Try it at home!
Ann Reece is the upper elementary teacher in the ASD program.