Executive functioning skills are often compared to the CEO of your brain. They include starting tasks, planning, organizing, working memory (holding information in your mind for a short time), flexible thinking, impulse control, self-monitoring, problem solving, and self-regulation (controlling one’s behavior and emotions). Executive functioning is critical for learning, working, and completing daily activities. We rely on executive functioning skills for almost everything that we do, and they do not work in isolation.
Here are some tips on how to exercise your child’s executive functioning skills from an early age
Children experience a rapid growth in their executive functioning skills as their brain develops, which means early educators and caregivers have plenty of opportunities to teach them ways to strengthen their abilities that can have long-lasting impact. During these formative years, children’s brains are easily influenced by their environment. With that in mind, below are some suggestions for how you can help you children at home or in their classroom: