Stop Think Go is a problem solving technique. There are 3 steps.
1) STOP – here you ask yourself “how am I feeling?” Happy, scared, angry or sad. How you feel can make a difference to the choice you make?
2) THINK – here ask yourself “what are my options?” – think about all the different choices you can make; some will have good consequences and some will have less good consequences. (consequence means what may happen – if you stroke a cat the consequence may be it purrs, if you give someone a compliment the consequence may be that they smile)
3) GO – once you’ve thought through the positive and negative consequences of each of your options you can make your choice.
Let’s go through an example:
Imagine someone at school calls you a nasty name.
1) STOP – How do you feel? You might feel hurt, sad, angry, spiteful, tearful, embarrassed.
2) THINK – What are your options?
a) Call them a nasty name back
b) Walk away
c) Go and play something to cheer yourself up
d) Talk to a friend
e) Count to 10 and then say “I don’t like what you just said to me, I feel hurt/angry/sad”
Now think about the positive and negative consequences.
If you call someone a nasty name back, they could call you an even nastier name or something worse, if you walk away they may leave you alone.
3) GO – Which choice has the best possible outcome?
Here is a picture that can help you practise.