Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The ABCs of Problem Solving Steps {Free Printable Included!}

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Teach kids and teens (or adults too!) the steps to solving a problem with this free printable ABCs of problem solving poster chart.

Knowing how to solve a problem is just one of many social skills kids, teens, and adults need to learn. 

There are a few steps involved in problem solving so it's always good to have a visual cue that breaks down the different steps, especially for autistic and hyperlexic individuals who find visual supports particularly helpful.

And, since the alphabet is kind of our thing around here, I want to share the ABCs of problem solving with you. Well, actually it's more like the ABCDE of problem solving, but whatever, close enough. 

Regardless, this is an example of how you can take your hyperlexic child's interest (letters) and use it to teach new skills (problem solving). Something I discuss here.

Steps to solving a problem using the ABCs

5 Steps to Solving a Problem

Here's how to use the ABCs of problem solving:

Step 1: Ask

This step is all about asking yourself the following questions:

  • Is there a problem?
  • What is the problem?
  • How big is the problem?
If you ask the first question and determine that there really isn't a problem, then there's nothing you need to do. 

But, if you do determine there is a problem, then you need to clearly identify what the problem is and determine the size of the problem. Knowing the size of the problem will help you determine, in later steps, if it's a problem that can be tackled on your own or if you might need some help.

Step 2: Brainstorm

For this step, you need to come up with different possible solutions and ideas for how to best solve the problem. Write down everything you can think of. 

Step 3: Choose

This step is all about picking one solution to try. Ask, "What solution will best solve my problem?" Then go through the list of ideas you came up with in the brainstorming stage and pick one that you want to try or that you think makes the most sense for the problem. 

Step 4: Do it

Here's where you actively attempt to solve the problem. This is where you take the solution you picked in step 3 and use it.

Step 5: Evaluate

Now it is time to evaluate your results. Did your strategy or solution work? If yes, then celebrate!

If not, then you need to evaluate why it didn't work. Then use that information to help you pick a new strategy or solution from step 3. This step isn't about quitting when one solution doesn't work. It's about asking yourself, "What can I try next?"

Remember, there is a free problem solving printable available below.

Teach kids and teens how to solve a problem using this free ABCs of problem solving steps printable

Download the Free Printable Problem Solving Chart

This one page printable outlines the 5 problem solving steps from above. To get your printable, enter your name and email in the form below.

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Teach kids and teens how to solve a problem using this free ABCs of problem solving steps printable

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