How to Improve Emotional Self-Regulation Among Children with Autism and Attention Disorders
What Is an Executive Function?
Common executive function processes for goal-directed behavior include:
- Working memory
- Task initiation
- Sustained attention
- Problem solving
What Is Emotional Self-Regulation and Why Is It Important?
- Notice when they become emotionally charged.
- Consider the consequences of their response.
- Engage in activities that move them toward their goal, even if they are feeling negative emotions.
- Overreact to situations when compared to same-age peers.
- Experience negative emotions for a longer amount of time than same-age peers.
- Have a short temper and engage in emotional outbursts.
- Have mood swings.
6. Practice coping strategies in a natural environment.
7. Measure the effectiveness of the intervention.
- Correctly identifies situations that make the child feel an emotional level—across two to three sessions.
- Correctly identifies situations that are a big deal versus not a big deal—across two to three sessions.
- Correctly role-plays coping mechanisms—across two to three sessions.
- Successfully implements coping mechanism when warned about a difficult situation—across three to five sessions.
- Successfully implements coping mechanism when not warned about a difficult situation—across three to five sessions.