Date posted: October 24, 2014
Executive function and self-regulation are skills that are important for learning and development. They allow us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, set priorities and apply different rules in different settings.
We aren’t born with these skills; they develop over time. And while they develop from birth through early adulthood, dramatic growth occurs between the ages of three and five.
Adults can support the development of a child’s executive function skills by establishing routines, modelling social behaviour, and creating supportive, reliable relationships. There are also activities that help children exercise executive function. The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has recently published Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills with Children from Infancy to Adolescence, a guide with a variety of age-appropriate activities and games.
Click here for a free copy of the book.