Building Core Capabilities for Life

Building Core Capabilities for Life

Building Core Capabilities for Life

Date posted: May 28, 2018

Every day we take on the ordinary, sometimes challenging, tasks of work, school, parenting, relationships, and just managing our busy lives. How do we navigate these tasks successfully? And what can send us off course? Science offers an explanation. This 5-minute video from the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University explores the development and use of core capabilities — known as executive function and self-regulation skills — from early childhood into adolescence and adulthood.

Building on the Center’s 2013 video presenting the theory that building adult capabilities is necessary to improve child outcomes, this new video describes what these skills are, why they are important, how they develop, and how they are affected by stress.

Interested in activities to help children practice executive function skills? Take a look at Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills with Children from Infancy to Adolescence, also from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. This 16 page guide describes a variety of age-appropriate activities and games. Each chapter contains activities suitable for a different age group.

Adolescence is a “window of opportunity” for building executive function and self-regulation. Building the Core Skills Youth Need for Life is a guide for working with adolescents to build planning skills, focus, self-control, awareness, and flexibility.

Building the Skills Adults Need for Life: a guide for practitioners outlines the science behind core life skills and how these skills can be developed in adults. It includes five ways to help adults built their core life skills, how stress affects core life skills and 4 ways to deliver services that reduce stress.

Click here to view the earlier video on Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes.

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