Executive 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.
Executive function is self-regulation skills that require three types of brain function: working memory, mental flexibility and self-control.Self-control enables us to set priorities and resist impulsive actions. These functions are highly interrelated, and the successful application requires them to operate in coordination.
Children aren’t born with these skills; they are born with the potential to develop them. Providing the support that children need to build these skills at home and in other settings they experience regularly is one of societies and parents most important tasks.
A great way to practice these skills is with memory and observation games and videos, 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.