Ask Ed and The Catastrophe Scale


Ask Ed helps children identify and discuss problems, rate the seriousness of the problem, share their feelings and decide on a plan of action.

Every day we can be confronted with problems – small, easy to handle issues through to more complex, demanding problems. By taking ownership of a problem and taking time to think about and decide on possible solutions we gain a measure of control and a plan for moving forward.

Ask Ed is designed to begin a dialogue between children and parents, children and teachers or to be used independently by a child. It can be used at school, at home or out and about with individual children or groups of children.

Ask Ed uses the Catastrophe Scale to help children put their problems in perspective. It can be used to deal with any ‘real life’ problems, from the smallest issue to a full blown catastrophe!

What Is The Catastrophe Scale?

The Catastrophe Scale helps provide perspective when dealing with either small problems or serious issues.

Problems may be rated from 0 (no problem) to 10 (worst ever). This helps children understand that some problems may not be as bad as first perceived (ratings 0 – 4) and can be easily overcome, while more challenging problems (ratings 5 – 10) need different strategies and help from other people.

Download and print an A4 poster of the Catastrophe Scale 

The Ask Ed Process

Rate Your Problem

Ask Ed requests that you use the Catastrophe Scale to rate the problem. This helps put the problem into perspective.

Express Your Feelings

Ask Ed provides a calm way to share your feelings, preventing an emotional outburst and allowing you to take control.

Think Of Ideas

Ask Ed helps you think of ways to deal with the problem, providing you with a plan of action to ‘move on’ in a positive way.

Print A Report

Ask Ed compiles a report that can be emailed and printed, providing a handy reference for immediate use or for later discussion.