A lack of impulse control in children and adolescents can be challenging to manage without the appropriate tools and techniques.
Thankfully, there are ways in which you can help your child regulate their impulsive behaviour.
The more control they’re able to gain, the less likely they are to engage in undesirable practices and the more likely they will be to pause and consider the consequences.
Impulse control games are an interactive and fun way to help your child with impulse control.
These games can be as simple as ‘Simon Says‘ or ‘Red Light, Green Light‘, but they will still give your child an opportunity to practice control while enjoying themselves.
Play is one of the most effective ways of encouraging children to train their brain because it helps you keep their attention while they learn to master emotions and actions.
Creating an environment in which children can practice delayed gratification is another great way to promote impulse control.
It can involve rewarding a child with a small prize for good behaviour.
An example of this is the Stanford Marshmallow experiment in which a child was offered a choice between one small but immediate reward, or two small ones if they waited.
The researchers left a child alone with the former for 15 minutes beforoe returning.
The study revealed that children who were able to wait longer for a greater reward performed better in tests, had good health and excelled in other areas of their life.
Delayed gratification is an essential skill that will encouage them to resist temptations that can lead to an impulsive decision.
Providing a child with structure on a daily basis is another effective method of controlling impulses.
Setting out clear instructions, and being consistent with them, will help an individual to become accustomed to the rules and consequences if rules are broken.
OurBoards React and Think board can be useful to reinforce thought processes because it encourages children to nurture impulse control in different situations.
They work through scenarios they might encounter in life before deciding on the most appropriate response.
These visual stimuli can be ideal to teach the correct behaviours which, once learned, are effective in regulating impulses.
Often, poor impulsive control can be triggered by minor events and children that have a low tolerance for frustration can quickly transition to an explosive outburst.
They don’t have the tools to effectively and healthily manage their anger, so it is important you demonstrate ways they can deal with their feelings.
Strategies such as breathing techniques, physical exercise or learning to take themselves out ofa triggering environment can all help.
At OurBoards, we have a vision to support people facing challenges associated with understanding information by designing and manufacturing visual communication boards that help individuals to understand and manage their environment, thoughts, behaviours and emotions.
By using our React and Think board parents, carers, teachers and professionals have all reported a reduction in impulsive behaviours in children.
If you would like to find out more about how our products can help your child with impulse control, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team on 0560 285 2493.
We are happy to help you find the right solution for your circumstances.