Size of my Problem Poster


by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke

Ages: 6+

Item No: 3241

Many students with social learning challenges have oversized reactions to relatively small problems. This poster is an engaging visual tool to help individuals learn how the size of a problem informs the size of the reaction. Teachers and parents rave about how effective this tool is when life’s teachable moments arise.

Buying Tip:  The Size of My Problem poster can be used on the spot to help individuals figure out the size of a problem, their reaction size, and then visually see the relationship between them. Perfect for home or classroom and clinic. Dry-erase surface for use again and again.

If you buy books as well as posters, the posters will arrive separately in a poster roll and may arrive after the books.

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We all experience problems; they’re a part of life. We can’t avoid them even if we use our best social thinking. It’s a hidden rule that when we’re around others, our reaction size (the behavior we show on the outside) should match the size of our problem. But sometimes our feelings about a problem are much bigger than the problem itself!

Social Thinking teaches that problems and reactions come in different sizes. Big problems are really serious ones. When we have a big reaction to a big problem, that’s expected. Medium problems are things we didn’t expect to happen and can’t be quickly fixed. They tend to make us and/or people around us upset. Adults expect kids to help solve medium problems. Small problems, or glitches, are ones we can quickly fix on our own if we stay calm. Small problems are “no big deal.” However, when our reactions are larger than the size of the problem this can create a whole new problem. The way we react to problems can create its very own problem!

The Size of My Problem poster can be used to teach students to develop their awareness of this concept; it can also be used on the spot to help individuals figure out the size of a problem, their reaction size, and then visually see the relationship between them. The bottom of the poster provides some brief instructions to encourage adults to explore with children whether or not their reaction created a new problem.

The poster is perfect for home or classroom/clinic and its dry-erase surface means it can be used again and again. Great teaching companion to several of our Social Thinking products that teach about problem and reaction size.

Dimensions: 18″ width x 24″ height.

How to Use Size of my Problem Poster

Beckham Linton describes how to leverage problem solving strategies with the Size of my Problem poster.

Poster Delivery

Posters are sent in a poster roll and sent separately to books purchased in the same order.  Posters usually take a little longer to arrive (even when posted at the same time as books, that’s because poster rolls have to be manually sorted as they can not be handled by AusPost’s sorting machines) so don’t worry, your poster(s) will arrive shortly after your books.

Publishing Information

  • Ages: 6+
  • Published: 2015
  • Publisher: Think Social Publishing Inc.
  • Format: Poster, 45.72 cms x 60.96 cms or 18″ x 24″, dry erase
  • Item No: 3241


Additional information

Weight 2.5 g
Dimensions 5 × 5 × 5 cm

Young Children, Primary School, High School, Young Adult, Adult, Parents & Professionals


Michelle Garcia Winner, Pamela Crooke, PhD

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