Flexible Thinking

At a Glance

  • Flexible thinking allows kids to switch gears and look at things differently.
  • Flexible thinking requires the ability to “unlearn” old ways of doing things.
  • Flexible thinking plays a key role in all types of learning.

Imagine you’re driving somewhere, and discover that a street you were planning to turn onto is blocked off for construction. Your initial plan for reaching your destination obviously isn’t going to work. So you instantly come up with a new way to get there.

That’s what flexible thinking is about—being able to quickly switch gears and find new approaches to solve problems.

Your child may struggle with flexible thinking, which plays an important role in how kids learn and adapt to new information in many areas.

 

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