Once again, Samantha, C.S.'s therapist has suggested a most insightful strategy. Recognizing his love for puzzles, especially mazes, she offered C.S. a slight adjustment in perspective — she suggested he see these situations that can be frustrating and difficult for him not as problems that he gets either right or wrong, but more like a puzzle, like a maze. When solving a maze, given the beginning and the end, what makes it fun and interesting is figuring out the path between. Some are easy and others are really difficult. He could easily relate to taking wrong turns, meeting dead ends and then continuing to try to solve the puzzle. Perfect.
Silver Lining: What more can I say, I'm so glad for an hour of Samantha's time, for her perspective.