Response Inhibition

Response Inhibition: People with ADHD have great difficulty inhibiting their verbal, behavioral and emotional responses when they are within the situation. Therefore, it may seem that people with ADHD don’t learn from previous experiences. The fact is that they do learn, but have difficulty inhibiting their response.


* To do’s: The person with ADHD can learn strategies to assist in learning to delay and inhibit, but it is a difficult process. Use the STAR technique before entering novel situations. (Stop-Think and Act Right.) After problems occur, allow for a cool-down period and use the POWER strategy. Power consists of 5 steps: Predict, Organize, Work Through, Evaluate and Repeat/Reward. New routines can be learned through use of this type of cognitive process, but patience and perseverance is required.

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