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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