simon says - Executive FunctionExecutive functions and school success go hand in hand. Being able to accurately process information and then generate a to-do list or execute a task requires a number of thinking skills and a lot of practice.

A great way to practice these skills is with video games, almost all of which put multiple executive functions to the test.

Helping kids develop the skills required for listening and following directions, includes many facets such as, self-awareness, focus, organization, time management, working memory, and planning.

Whether it’s something as minor as being told to make the bed or as major as forgetting a due date for a big project, some things just seem to go in one ear and out the other. It’s easy to get frustrated if you’re fed up with your child or student not listening.

All of these exercises offered by Play2Health in our executive function category and others genuinely do improve the ability of children to control themselves and develop executive function skills that they will use throughout their lives.

  • Simon Says, allows kids to gain practice in listening skills and following directions. By observing the video and doing what the character is doing. Simon Says, while fun, also builds self-regulation skills.
  • Match Game, allows kids to gain practice in memory by observing the video and matching flash cards to the video order. Its a fast moving game that requires focus and attention. Match Game, while fun, also builds self-regulation skills.
  • Freeze Dance, allows kids to gain practice in controlling impulses by observing the video and doing what the character is doing. Freeze dance, while fun, also builds self-regulation skills.
  • Follow, Follow Sam, allows kids to gain practice in following directions and impulse control by observing the video and doing what the character is doing. Follow, Follow Sam, while fun, also builds self-regulation skills.