19 NovWeekly Note: Inhibitory Control

Inhibitory control is something we actually practice quite often in class.

What is Inhibitory Control?

Inhibitory control is the ability to stop one’s own behavior at the appropriate time. For very young children, brain development occurs through the vehicle of the body.  So, in class, we play with the idea of stopping the body on cue when we are singing songs such as “Lukey’s Boat” from the beginning of the semester, and now, “Jig Jog” (I want someone to buy me a pony).  In these songs we are playing with the child’s ability to stop their body on cue.  Eventually, this skill will develop into the ability to stop actions and thoughts that are inappropriate or undesirable and finally, the ability to control impulsive behavior.

Executive Function

Inhibitory control falls under the umbrella of executive functions.  Executive functions direct or manage all cognitive skills.  Skills that fall under this umbrella include problem solving, planning, organizing, reasoning and focus among others.

These 2 articles give some excellent information on inhibitory control and executive function and why they are so important.   For starters, good executive function is a better predictor of success in school than is a child’s IQ!

Click HERE for ideas (I will say that most of the ideas are little beyond this age group – more for the 4 year old and older, but still some great information) and HERE for some really great information on what executive function is and its importance.

The most creative artist living today is the young child at play.

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