EF Strategy — Emotional Control

by Laurie Moore Skillings, SCAC


Emotional Control is the ability to manage emotions in order to achieve goals, complete tasks, or control and direct behavior.

Emotional Control can be seen in infants who have learned how to soothe themselves. It can been seen when a teen keeps their “cool” if they’re being provoked to do something that might be harmful to them.

You can help strengthen the executive functions skill of emotional control by using the following strategy, SOOTHE:

Select the behavior

Offer acceptable ways to express emotion

Okay to ask for help

Try the skill/strategy

Help yourself: eat healthy, exercise, get enough sleep

Evaluate skill/strategy for success

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