Understanding Impulse Control

[MUSIC PLAYING] JEANINE FITZGERALD: My name is Jeanine Fitzgerald, and I come from Massachusetts And my area of specialization is children with challenging behaviors

An impulse, by definition, is an emotion bursting into action So what it means is that the child experiences some sort of emotion or high intensity, and they immediately move to some sort of behavior And in some cases, what happens after that is that they think after the fact So we all may know children that they promise they'll never do it again, but within the next 30 seconds, they're doing the same thing again And they apologize profusely again, and say, I promise I'll never do that again

The problem is that, when you lack impulse control, the thinking part is in the wrong sequence So when we teach impulse control, it's getting children to experience whatever the emotion is or the intensity of that emotion, but then thinking about what is the best way to respond to it, before you act So there's always, what we call, the power of the pause That's the time for reflection and thinking So we take what happens without impulse control, which is think after, and we insert it in between the stimulus or the emotion that drives the behavior, so that the behavior is a better behavior

It's really helping children to begin to understand, how do you create the power of that pause? How do you delay a little bit, before you just do the first thing that comes to your mind [MUSIC PLAYING]

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