Written by: Psychology@Pepperdine Staff
Psychology@Pepperdine, the online Master's in Applied Behavioral Analysis program from Pepperdine University
"Does your child get distracted easily and need to be repeatedly reminded to complete a simple task? Does their room look like it’s been hit by a tornado and they are constantly misplacing personal items? Do they have emotional outbursts when plans suddenly change?
For parents, many of these behaviors may seem familiar. But many typically developing children are able to improve their self-management skills, or executive functions, as they grow older and take on more responsibility. Some, including children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, traumatic brain injury and other learning disabilities, have a harder time and may face executive function deficits."
Today's blog defines emotional regulation and executive functioning. Furthermore, it discusses how teaching children with special needs emotional self-regulation skills can help them better manage emotional responses, and contains strategies to help your child enhance their emotional regulation skills!