Impulse Control—for Middle School Students

Activities & Worksheets
Grades 6-8
Pages: 130
ISBN: 9781598500585
Item Number: 8420


This book provides teachers, school counselors, social workers and psychologists with tools to assist middle school students in grades 6-8 with better impulse control.

Lessons address the multiple areas that are affected by impulsivity such as academics, emotions, problem-solving, social skills and romantic relationships. Expanding on existing evidenced-based practices for decreasing impulsivity, this book provides engaging activities and worksheets to use with groups or individuals.

Reproducible content is now available as a download.

These activities teach children how to:

  • Understand the value of impulse control
  • Use patience and tolerance
  • Anticipate consequences
  • Practice good problem-solving
  • Recognize and manage feelings
  • Use impulse control with peers
  • Practice good listening skills
  • Be the Boss of impulses
  • Use impulse control with anger & anxiety
  • And more!
  1. Impulsivity: What the Heck Is It and How in the World Do I Control It?
    • Impulses in Context
    • In the Doghouse with Impulses
    • Think about the Consequences
    • Benefits of Impulse Control Scramble
    • Rating My Impulse Control
    • Impulse Control Remote Control
  2. Schoolwork: Slow and Steady Wins This Race—Really!
    • Get to Know Your Impulses
    • The Road to Success
    • Slow your Roll
    • Cheer Yourself on
    • Searching for Impulse Control
  3. Problem-Solving: Problem? What Problem?
    • Rating My Problem-Solving
    • Identify the Problem
    • Brainstorming
    • What do I Need?
    • Problem-Solve this
  4. Decision-Making: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
    • Piece of Cake
    • Sooo Many Choices
    • Which Path to Take
    • Now and Later
    • Don´t Forget Your Dreams
    • Is It Worth It?
  5. Mood Management: Master of My Emotional Universe
    • Benefits of Mood Control
    • Making Mountains out of Molehills
    • Stinkin´ Thinkin´
    • Thoughts → Feelings
    • Distractions
    • Dealing with it
  6. Anxiety: Don´t Be a Worry Wart
    • The Many Faces of Anxiety
    • Rate Your Anxiety
    • Pick a Winner
    • Talking Yourself Down
    • Learning How to Cope
  7. Anger: Is Temper-Taming Anything Like Lion-Taming?
    • On Target with Anger
    • When I get Angry
    • Explore your Options
    • Weigh It Out
    • Remember Your Tool Box
  8. Empathy: How Can I Walk in Someone Else´s Shoes Without Getting Athlete´s Foot?
    • Reading Others Feelings
    • Identifying Others´ Feelings
    • Imagine
    • Rating My Empathic Behaviors
    • Choosing Empathic Statements
    • Lending a Helping Hand
  9. Social Skills: Keeping It Friendly
    • Making Others Feel Important
    • Social Skills Evaluation
    • What does it Mean? Reading Social Cues
    • Evaluating a Friendship
    • Listening to Body Language
    • Build-a-Friend
  10. Boundaries: Living and Coloring Within the Lines
    • Boundary Word Search
    • Invisible Boundaries
    • STOP and GO
    • Boundary Crossings
    • Finding the Rule
  11. Peer Pressure: Staying Strong When Others Try to PEERsuade Me
    • Peer Pressure Crossword
    • Pump it Up!
    • Think it Out!
    • “No” isn´t a Bad Word
    • Examining My Resistance to Peer Pressure
  12. Boyfriends and Girlfriends: Is It Love or Is It Drama and Chaos?
    • Loves Me, Loves Me Not
    • What is Real Love?
    • Gossip or Sharing Information?
    • Don´t Control or Be Controlled
    • Making Those Difficult Decisions


  • Pros and Cons
  • Cognitive Distortions
  • Anxiety Situation Cards
  • Anger Situation Cards
  • Peer Pressure Situation Cards
  • Break-up Situation Cards
  • Stepping Stone
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