Our kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder, often have this type of thinking, creating great discomfort and issues for them with rather un-important or random events. For our kids, things are either “good” or “bad”, “right” or “wrong” with no in-between. They seem to lack in this vocabulary and the ability to see the “gray”. This lesson introduces the idea of in-between and provides a game for your student to play to learn and practice the in-between. First watch a linked in video. Then use this lesson with your student. The lesson starts with a definition of Black and White Thinking and a series of slides for your student to practice the in-betweens with. If used in conjunction with a popular curriculum about how to Think Socially, this can be termed “Rigid vs. Flexible Thinking”.
For additional lessons on thinking errors, check out CBT; Dirty Dozen Mind Tricks; Thinking Errors; Perspective Taking