Response Inhibition is the ability to think before you act. It allows you to resist the urge to speak or do something giving you time to carefully evaluate the situation.
Executive skills can and must be learned/taught. Here’s what you can do to build skill in Response Inhibition:
- Practice when you are well-rested
- Control your environment: remove temptation, stay away from places that encourage the behavior you are trying to change (casinos, shopping malls)
- Go places with people who have strong response inhibition and ask for external accountability
- Take limited resources (cash) with you and leave when it is gone
- Set up fun rewards/punishments (swear jars)
- Check in with your progress and reward yourself
- Have a plan… if this happens, I will…
- Count to 10 before responding
- Download a habit tracker
- Play these games:
- Red Light, yellow light, green light
- Freeze dance
- Duck Duck Goose
- Simon Says
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Cranium’s Hullabaloo: The game of tunes, twists, and topsy-turvy fun! Skip, twirl, high-five, and dance to a brand new Hullabaloo. This was a favorite of all 4 of my kids.
Speed Cups: This quick cups game isn’t just a blast to play, can develop children’s response inhibition and stimulate children’s thinking ability. It also develops hand-eye coordination and works as a color and shape-matching game to help your kiddo pick up vital skills https://amzn.to/3QuEbYO
Melissa and Doug Suspend Jr.: Simply set up the frame, spin the spinner, and balance the color-coded pieces to create an incredible hanging structure. Race against your opponents to be the first to run out of pieces—but watch out: One wrong move and the whole structure could fall! This thrilling game is perfect for young players—there is no reading required, and the skills to succeed grow with every game
Gwakkamole: A New York University professor created an app (apple) designed to train inhibitory control, a subskill of executive functions. FREE.
Here’s my favorite resource on executive function: