What's the Problem?

A Fast-paced Story to Help Teach Your Child to Problem-Solve by Weighing Options, Deciding, and Acting

Author: Bryan Smith
Illustrator: Lisa M. Griffin
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Problem solving involves many other executive functioning behaviors, including reasoning, attention, planning, initiation, working memory, and self-monitoring.

The one thing all of us have in common is that we have to solve problems and challenges of various degrees and complexities. A lucky few among us always seem to resolve complex problems successfully by thinking critically and logically. Still, even the most talented problem solvers need practice (and experience!) to develop and perfect this skill.

Blake thinks the solution to his problem is to sell his brother, Braden, to another family. Savannah wants to fight Mary over an insult. Braden sooo wants to sneak out of class to play kickball.

The characters in this fast-paced story face conundrums that make each of them consider solutions that are inappropriate, ill-advised or irresponsible.

Fortunately, some good old-fashioned fatherly advice coupled with a tried-and-true strategy for solving problems keeps everyone safe and satisfied. This story introduces and encourages readers to use SODAS (Situation, Options, Disadvantages, Advantages, and Solution) as a way to logically and thoughtfully figure out how to solve any problem, from the silly to the serious. Using SODAS, Blake and Braden are able to solve problems between themselves, among friends, and Braden is even able to avoid poor choices that would get himself into more trouble than he’s already in.  

Award-winning author and school counselor Bryan Smith's teaching style come through in this insightful tale from his wildly popular Executive FUNction book series. The series skillfully weaves skill teaching into humorous story-lines to help readers become flexible thinkers, problem solvers and self-managers. Tips for parents and educators are included at the end of the storybook to help children learn how to become problem-solving pros! 31 pgs.

Extend the learning with the Five Downloadable Activities! Help reinforce the steps taught from the story with a Poster!

The Executive FUNction book series also includes:

Published by Boys Town Press

ISBN 978-1-944882-38-9