Parenting: Improving Your Child’s Ability to Think Before Acting

Response inhibition involves thinking before acting and is the most misunderstood and most difficult executive functioning difficulty to correct.  Problems with response inhibition can result in impulsivity and inconsistent attention to task.

The Good News and The Bad News

The good news is you can help your child improve his or her response inhibition, but here’s the bad news: addressing this most difficult difficulty is going to require some patience and effort  on your part and on the part of your child’s educators.  In other words, it’s not a “quick-fix!”

In fact, if anyone ever tells you that your child or teen’s response inhibition can be fixed quickly and without much effort on your part, don’t just walk out of their office…run out of their office!  It’s not going to happen that way.

It takes time and effort to develop awareness, rehearse, cue, develop awareness, rehearse, cue, and rehearse some more to develop impulse control.

Here’s Help and Hope

Dr. Davenport knows first hand how to help your child and in this series of articles, he outlines how to help your child develop an awareness of his impulsivity, understand the cause/effect of acting before thinking, and develop a way to stop herself.

Developing Awareness

Recognizing the Cause and Effect of Impulsivity

Using a STOP-THINK-GO Strategy

COMING SOON! Using a Process Model for Self-Control

Improving Response Inhibition at School

Need Help Applying These Concepts?

If you need help meeting the unique needs of your child, call 817.421.8780 to set up an appointment with Dr. D today.


(c) 2009-2014, Monte W. Davenport, Ph.D.

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