Activities to Help Your Child Develop Executive Function Skills [downloadable]
Executive function and self-regulation skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. Children aren’t born with these skills—they are born with the potential to develop them.
How You Can Help
Adults can help children develop executive function skills by establishing routines, modeling social behavior, and creating and maintaining supportive, reliable relationships. It is also important for children to practice their developing skills and over time, be given opportunities to direct their own actions with decreasing adult supervision.
The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has created a 16-page activity guide with a variety of age-appropriate ways for adults to support and strengthen components of executive function and self-regulation. Each chapter contains activities suitable for a different age group, from infants to teenagers.
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Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University | Activities Guide: Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills with Children from Infancy to Adolescence, https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/activities-guide-enhancing-and-practicing-executive-function-skills-with-children-from-infancy-to-adolescence | © 2018 The President and Fellows of Harvard College
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