As I struggled with how to help her understand the solution, I recognized the situation as analogous to a scene from one of her favorite movies. I walked her through the scene and asked questions about what the protagonist had done when faced with the same emotions Sara was feeling.
At first she didn’t see what I was getting at. Her face was clouded, her brow pinched. Then the moment of realization came, and the light and relief in her eyes showed me that her young mind had, for perhaps the first time, made the connection between story and real life. She saw how the movie could help her succeed.