The following video is an illustration of how impulse control can come in the way of young students. It important to remind ourselves that having weak impulse control (Response Inhibition) is NOT a character trait, rather a developmental issue that can be solved with coaching.
I encourage you to watch this video with your child (ages 5-8):
Ask them if this situation is familiar, and feel free to share with them the last time it was difficult for YOU to resist what you wanted to say/do. Talk about the how we feel after and how others might feel when we interrupt them in the middle of an activity or a conversation. Finally, invite them to join you in creating ways to deal with the need to say/do something out of turn. Some strategies that work for students in 1st through 4th grades are:
– Sitting on a cushion
– Stretching while sitting
– Asking to be the teacher’s helper.
– Asking to introduce the story (if you are familiar with it).
– Setting a signal with the teacher to take a short break.
These are just examples to help your child think about strategies that work for THEM.
You should feel free to share with me your experience and ask questions if you wish.