But it’s so boring…
For neurodivergent individuals, inhibition (impulse control) can be a difficult executive functioning skill to maintain. Children, teens, and young adults get distracted. It’s inevitable, but our inhibitory control allows us to prevent ourselves from being consumed by these distractions. Without it, tasks would rarely get completed, paying attention in class would be practically impossible, and preventing outbursts would be difficult. However, those with executive dysfunction may find it hard to be actively inhibiting unbeneficial things in their daily lives. They may be drawn to their phone while doing homework to the point it doesn’t get done or have trouble not screaming at their siblings when they upset them because they cannot control their impulses.
This then leads to other issues in the future, such as academic issues since no homework or classwork is being completed due to distractions, social issues because no friend wants to be yelled at over minor inconvenience, and even “Failure to Launch.” Whether it be looking out of a window during class, watching YouTube while trying to do homework, or speaking to their friend while their teacher is speaking, not being able to inhibit those behaviors can cause children, teens, and young adults to fall behind. However, with the right help, they can learn to implement this executive functioning skill into their daily lives.
At SSGC, we provide the social, behavioral, educational, emotional, and executive functioning skills children, teens, young adults, and their families need for a happy and successful life in and out of school settings. Our team of professionals offers individualized and family coaching/counseling and social skills groups to help teach skills such as inhibition to ensure parents do not have to worry that their kids will be unable to make and maintain a functioning independent life on their own. So, if your child is struggling with skills like the ones listed above and much more, the SSGC is equipped with the tools to help.
Dr. Eric J. Nach, Ph.D., M.Ed., A.S.D.C., is a Developmental and Behavioral Specialist who specializes in Autism, ADHD and related disorders. Dr. Nach is the founder of the Support for Students Growth Center and College Life Skills Program where he and his team of professional’s help develop the Emotional Maturity, Executive Functioning, Life Skill and Social Abilities of children, teens, young adults and college students and those high school students preparing for college.