Observe the child in natural environments, particularly when engaged in challenging tasks.
Presenting difficult activities may present a situation where frustration is observed.
Watch for the child’s response to frustration. Does the child ask for help? Give up? Throw something? Cry or whine?
Children who are successful have an ability to tolerate frustration. Help adults think of options for how they can respond to the child’s frustration without solving the problem for him. Demonstrate how to offer a minimal assist. Model how to help the child break down the problem into smaller steps or think of an alternative approach.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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