UNSOLVED PROBLEMS GUIDE:
Unsolved problems are the specific expectations a child is having diculty meeting. Unsolved problems should be free of maladaptive
behavior; free of adult theories and explanations; “split” (not “clumped”); and specific.
LAGGING SKILLS UNSOLVED PROBLEMS
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Diculty handling transitions, shifting from one mindset or task
to another
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Diculty doing things in a logical sequence or prescribed order
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Diculty persisting on challenging or tedious tasks
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Poor sense of time
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Diculty maintaining focus
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Diculty considering the likely outcomes or consequences of
actions (impulsive)
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Diculty considering a range of solutions to a problem
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Diculty expressing concerns, needs, or thoughts in words
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Diculty managing emotional response to frustration so as to
think rationally
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Chronic irritability and/or anxiety significantly impede capacity
for problem-solving or heighten frustration
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Diculty seeing “grays”/concrete, literal, black & white, thinking
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Diculty deviating from rules, routine
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Diculty handling unpredictability, ambiguity, uncertainty, novelty
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Diculty shifting from original idea, plan, or solution
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Diculty taking into account situational factors that would
suggest the need to adjust a plan of action
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Inflexible, inaccurate interpretations/cognitive distortions or
biases (e.g., “Everyone’s out to get me,” “Nobody likes me,
“You always blame me, “It’s not fair,” “I’m stupid”)
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Diculty attending to or accurately interpreting social cues/
poor perception of social nuances
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Diculty starting conversations, entering groups, connecting
with people/lacking other basic social skills
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Diculty seeking attention in appropriate ways
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Diculty appreciating how his/her behavior is aecting others
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Diculty empathizing with others, appreciating another
person’s perspective or point of view
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Diculty appreciating how s/he is coming across or being
perceived by others
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Sensory/motor diculties
HOME EXAMPLES
Diculty getting out of bed in the morning in time to get to school
Diculty getting started on or completing homework (specify assignment)
Diculty ending the video game to get ready for bed at night
Diculty coming indoors for dinner when playing outside
Diculty agreeing with brother about what TV show to watch after school
Diculty with the feelings of seams in socks
Diculty brushing teeth before bedtime
SCHOOL EXAMPLES
Diculty moving from choice time to math
Diculty sitting next to Kyle during circle time
Diculty raising hand during social studies discussions
Diculty getting started on project on tectonic plates in geography
Diculty standing in line for lunch
ASSESSMENT OF LAGGING SKILLS
& UNSOLVED PROBLEMS
CHILD'S NAME _______________________________________________________________ DATE ________________
INSTRUCTIONS: The ALSUP is intended for use as a discussion guide rather than as a freestanding check-list or rating scale. It should be
used to identify specific lagging skills and unsolved problems that pertain to a particular child or adolescent.
If a lagging skill applies, check it o and then (before moving on to the next lagging skill) identify the specific expectations the child is
having diculty meeting in association with that lagging skill (unsolved problems). A non-exhaustive list of sample unsolved problems is
shown at the bottom of the page.
ALSUP
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