Once you have made a general Evidence Board list of clues, it’s time to plug those clues into your Decoder Map.
The Decoder Map has two separate goals. The first goal is to give you a “visual” overview of your drama. It makes a huge difference when you can visually see how big the problem may be and what elements of the problem should be investigated further.
Let’s begin your Decoder Map
Suppose your problem is that your five year old continues to have terrible temper tantrums. Perhaps your Evidence Board looks like the following.
- Frequent Times
- Who’s involved
- Non-involved people
- Feelings of being misunderstood
- Medical complications
- Communication Issues
- Controlling wants
- Educational/physical issues
- Environmental allergies
- Possible food or liquid allergies
All of the above issues may be a reason for your child’s temper tantrums. The problem is that if you stop with this list, you may not discover that tiny piece of information that will change everything. You need to go deeper.
Unfortunately, the way our brains are structured it’s difficult for us to go deeper off the top of our heads. We need a path of “logical thought” to lead us into deeper thought. We need to brainstorm all kinds of possibilities. That’s where the Decoder Map makes a huge difference.
The first decoder map shows the initial evidence list.