Teaching children impulse control can be a difficult task, particularly when they are exhibiting symptoms of an impulse control disorder.
There are however steps that you can take to help them effectively manage their behaviour and emotions.
Children need to have a strategy in place that clearly outline your expectations of them; incentives or positive behaviour and predictable consequences in order for them to regulate impulses.
Self-control can be defined in several ways, but ultimately it describes governing your emotions and actions.
Children’s ability to resist distractions primarily depends on age because self-control develops as they get older.
However, some still struggle more than others.
Here we discuss our top tips for teaching impulse control.
React and Think
Encouraging children to practice planning is one of the most effective ways of teaching impulse control.
It is an integral component of self-discipline, which is why demonstrating to them how they can succeed if they think about obstacles in their path can be a useful tool.
Our React Think Board is the perfect example of how children can nurture impulse control.
When a child encounters a situation or event, they will need to act quickly or take a moment to decide on the appropriate response.
You can use the React Think board to assist them encounter a scenario they may encounter and to decide on the best response.
Children are visual learners by nature, which is why using a dry wipe board is ideal to help them learn and retain the response you agree on.
Creating an environment in which self-control is rewarded is another effective way of teaching children how to regulate their impulses.
There are many studies that demonstrate how delayed gratification is linked to success later in life, most famously the Stanford marshmallow experiment.
The researchers would leave the room for 15 minutes and then return to see if the child had taken a marshmallow or pretzel stick, or if they waited.
The results showed that children who were able to wait longer often had better test scores, BMI as well as other life achievements.
Rewards for self-control help to teach children patience is a key to success, which is why creating settings with such rewards can be so effective.
Children are easily distracted, and those that struggle with impulse control will find it more difficult to remember rules and instructions.
Consistently reminding children about your expectations of them can be an effective tool that helps them check their impulses.
This can be in the form of verbal reminders so that in moments when they are about to react, they can take a few extra moments before acting.
It can also be with visual cues if you feel a child is more encouraged to learn that way.
That could be something as simple as a note on their desk which can help remind them of how they should behave.
Parents, carers, teachers and professionals have all reported a reduction in impulsive behaviours by using our React and Think board.
If you are interested in finding out more about how our dry wipe boards can aid in teaching children impulse control, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team on 0560 285 2493.