If lack of impulse control is affecting your child’s ability to thrive in school, you probably feel at your wit’s end. Fortunately, you can increase your child’s self-control with these ADHD impulse control strategies so that your child can stay on their best behavior.
Encourage Internalized Speech
Internalized speech, or talking to one’s self, is a characteristic that many children with ADHD do not fully develop or develop later on in life. This critical skill is often overlooked, but greatly contributes to a child’s ability to reason, think critically and make proper judgements. Encourage your child to develop their own inner voice and think quietly whenever they feel restless, frustrated or angry instead of acting out and making a poor decision.
Since children rely greatly on observation, you must actively model self-control strategies. However, instead of doing this quietly, enthusiastically vocalize each step in the process so your child can learn more efficiently. For example, if you accidentally break a dish, you might say “Oops! Not a big deal, I’ll just clean it up. That was easy!”
Focus on the Positive
When you focus on your child’s mishaps, you can be certain that they will also dwell on them. This is why it is crucial to praise your child for all of their good choices and maintain a positive demeanor even when they mess up.
Children with ADHD can benefit from memory-boosting games and exercises as these can increase their short-term memory and ultimately, improve poor impulse control. Download fun apps or play two-player games to ensure that your child is fully engaged.
By encouraging positive behavior at home, your child will be more likely to exhibit greater self-control in the classroom. If you are interested in learning about more helpful ADHD strategies, be sure to visit our health resources. For questions related to ADHD impulse control techniques or to schedule an appointment, get in touch with us today.