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Executive functions: emotional control and response inhibition

Sasha-Gay Brown (Trauma and Attachment Advisor, Virtual School) and Dr Kate Payne (Educational Psychologist) introduce two components of executive functions: emotional control and response inhibition. ‘Emotional control’ is the capacity to manage emotions and feelings to respond appropriately. ‘Response inhibition’ is the capacity to think before acting. Some children or young people may have difficulty in one or more of these areas. Research tells us that providing young people with the knowledge of executive function skills and empowering them with a toolbox of strategies can be effective to support them in this area. Consequently, this video will provide foster carers, parents and school staff with activities and examples to be able to teach the child or young person in mind about emotional control and response inhibition and provide a reflective space to consider strategies to support. In particular, Sasha-Gay Brown discusses the three R’s (regulate, relate and reason), calming brain-stem exercises, and trauma transition activities.