Monday, January 9, 2012

Strengthening the Executive Skill of Inhibition

Dear Friends,

     In this post we will be exploring the executive skill of “Inhibition.”  When a student is able to stop, think about their actions and then make a good decision, they are able to inhibit and control their actions.  It is important for students to not make rash or impulsive decisions in and outside of school.  This ability to stop, think, and react appropriately can be helpful for everything from playground issues, to signing on the dotted line for a contract later in life.

     Some strategies for strengthening Inhibition are asking students to take their time when making a decision or taking action.  Teach children to slow down, be present, and reflect on what they would like to do and then have them take action.  This is a difficult skill, especially in this fast-paced, digital age, where we are taught to automatically respond to everything!  

      It is also important to have students talk about the decisions they plan to make and why.   Ask students to explain their decisions before they take action and ask them to think through all of the consequences and results.  It is important to let students know that these skills take time to learn and must be practiced throughout life.

Best of Luck to You!
Kimberly Borin
Learning Specialist