Executive Function in a Nutshell

Executive Function is a big term that refers to your child’s ability to plan, focus, multi task and remember.

A term that is thrown around frequently in is Executive Function.  You may hear your child’s pediatrician or teacher mention it, especially if your child struggles with behavioral or emotional issues.  It can be confusing to so here is the rundown:

Executive Function is a big term that refers to your child’s ability to plan, focus, multi task and remember.   who struggle with self-control and/or flexibility are thought to have difficulties with executive function.  Another component of executive function is called working memory.  Working memory is the short term memory that allows to listen to a direction and follow it.   Weak working memory skills may prevent from concentrating or follow multi step directions.

are not born with executive function, only with the ability to develop it.  They must learn these skills over time with the of the around them.  How can you your child develop healthy executive function skills?

  1.   your child practice impulse control ( I know you want Grandma to with you right now but we are having a conversation.  When we are done talking, Grandma will be glad to with you).
  2. your child emotional vocabulary for when he has big  ( I see that you feel because Grandma has to go home).
  3. your child develop flexibility and to “roll with it” ( You can be for five minutes and then it will time for dinner). 
  4. your child reflect (Remember how you were so when grandma left last time?  What did you do that made you feel better?)
  5. Place emphasis on making a plan (If you want grandma to read to you, you need to stop ing and come inside because she will be leaving soon).
  6.  Practice working memory (Can you go get grandma’s purse and phone for her?  They are on the counter).

Executive function skills are so important.  ing your child acquire them will lay the groundwork for more success in and in life.

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