Do you talk to yourself?
Like when you are doing something you want/like to do but need to go do something you don't necessarily like/want to do? Maybe it's when you tell yourself not to say something back to someone when they say something questionable to you. Perhaps, it's when you tell someone you have to check your calendar before you say "yes" to their request or invitation. If you can relate to any of the scenarios, you are using your inhibitory skills which are a part of your Executive Function Skills.
Think of inhibitory skills like a light switch.
When you need to stop yourself from saying, doing or thinking something...you flip the switch by telling yourself to stop.
Now, just as a light switch can sometimes malfunction so can our inhibitory skills. When we're tired, sick, stressed, we sustain an injury etc...they may not work as they should.
For some, they may not work at all.
Let's think again about that child in the classroom. How easy is it for them to learn if they:
Would they spend most of their time learning from the teacher or most of their time being disciplined for being "off task" or a "behavior problem?"
So what do we do?
Stay tuned for my next post on working memory and it's role in Executive Functioning.
As always, thanks for reading.