Impulse Control

Impulse control or self-control is the number one predictor of future success. Children and teens are more susceptible to engaging in risky behavior than adults because their brain has to work harder to control impulses. However, executive functions like impulse control are governed by the brain's rule, use it or lose it, and thus, strengthen with more practice.

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Watch the interactive film No Escape Room from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and test your impulse control. How will you practice this executive functioning skill to keep yourself safe online?

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The Foundation for a Better Life creates public service campaigns to communicate the values that make a difference in our communities. #PassItOn videos teach the values underlying good self-control.

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Determine how much self-control you have with this self-control assessment tool.

Determine your level and type of impulsive behavior with the Impulsive Behavior Scale (UPPS-P) Scale from the Science of Behavior Change.


Watch fun videos to build character, create growth mindset, and increase focus on RocketKids YouTube Channel.

Find a Social Emotional Learning program that includes impulse or self-control building for your family or school at CASEL, an SEL Collaborative.


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If you need help and are under the age of 18, reach out to a trusted adult, such as a counselor, a parent, a teacher, or a coach. Finding assistance and the best-fit resources in your community is priority. To book Dr. Crystal Collier to present at your school, parent organization, or in your community, please contact us!

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