Dynamic thinking can be defined as the ability to make optimal decisions in changing environments.

The places we visit frequently and infrequently are ever changing. When we think in a dynamic way we can rapidly and effectively review options and select the best-fitting responses in the face of this. When we are able to free ourselves from having immediate behavioral responses to the people, places and things we encounter, we place ourselves in an ongoing decision-process mode of functioning. We come to understand that even the most careful plans and well thought-out strategies will inevitably require revision when executed in real-world settings. We are strongly motivated to gain more understanding and competence in our day to day encounters. We have the desire to expand what we can do, where we can do it and who we can do it with.

When dynamic thinking develops, so does our ability to engage in goal-directed or problem-solving behaviors. We begin to be able to identify a problem, develop a plan, execute the plan, react with flexibility, and sustain attention and memory systems (i.e. working memory) while evaluating and self-monitoring throughout.

As you help your child become a more dynamic thinker, he/she will be a:

  • Better collaborator and problem-solver
  • Understand emotion sharing better
  • Build competence and motivation to make ongoing discoveries and face challenge
  • Engage with others in a reciprocal way
  • Become a flexible thinker
  • Develop self-awareness and appraisal