Response inhibition is key to effective executive functions skills.
Response inhibition is one of the first executive functions skills to emerge during infancy, usually around 5 to 12 months of age. At that time, we provided our frontal lobes to our children by keeping their environment safe. We did this when we used gates, playpens, and put potentially dangerous items out of reach. As diligent as we were, inevitable accidents would occur and along with them came natural consequences.
When a person has difficulties with response inhibition, it may present in some of the following ways:
blurting out answers before being called on
careless mistakes in schoolwork
difficulty following home rules
difficulty following school rules
difficulty following workplace rules
beginning task without listening for full instructions