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Resources Tagged With: executive functioning

Online Learning: How to Help Middle School Students Develop Crucial Skills This Year

For tweens and young teens, navigating distance learning this school year will require an array of skills they might not yet have developed, writes middle school director and author Jody Passanisi for MiddleWeb. Without the rules and routines of a physical classroom—the external “regulatory systems” that allow kids this age to learn from watching peers and teachers—middle school students will need extra help to build up the self-regulatory skills needed to “set themselves up for success physically, materially, and emotionally.” Read more ›

Why the Preteen Years Are a Critical Period for Brain Development

Aside from experiencing physical changes, preteens also undergo a brain growth spurt much like toddlers. Ron Dahl, who directs the Institute for Human Development at the University of California, Berkeley, argues that adolescence is actually a second opportunity to invest in children because of the enormous brain development during this period. Read more ›

Play to Learn: Structured Play Is Important to Your Child’s Development [downloadable]

Allowing your child to play is a must! A healthy balance between children playing on their own and having structured play with parents is important for early learning and development. Read more ›

As We Grow…Key Developmental Milestones Ages 1-18 [downloadable]

At each age in a child’s life, there are predictable levels of skill to expect. We have outlined the developmental milestones for ages 1 to 18—a checklist you can use as you observe your child growing up, and a guide to use with your pediatrician or your child’s teacher. Read more ›

Does My Child Need Occupational Therapy (OT)?

Written by Vibha Pathak, Occupational Therapist, OTD, OTR/L

Every morning Marsha, age 10, wakes up on the wrong side of the bed and it is a battle to get to school on time.

After multiple reminders to brush her teeth, change her clothes, eat her breakfast and pack her school bag, Marsha drags her feet and asks her mom if she can stay home today. Read more ›

Best Classroom Practices to Support Growth of Executive Function Skills in Students [presentation] [video]

In this session for educators, Cindy Lopez, Director of Community Connections at CHC and Founding Head of Sand Hill School, discusses the best classroom practices to nurture the growth of Executive Function skills in your students (grades 4-8). You’ll learn about practical ways to structure and set up your classroom to support students’ management of time and materials, so that they can learn more effectively. Read more ›

Research Results: Lasting Gains from Preschool

A new longitudinal study by researchers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, published in the journal Child Development, connects the dots between gains in early academic and self-regulatory skills made in preschool and, years later, grades in high school. Broadly, it suggests that providing support for preschool teachers in low-income settings can benefit children in ways that last into high school. Read more ›

Building Executive Function Skills in Elementary School Students

Teachers can help students improve skills like inhibitory control and cognitive flexibility by explicitly connecting them to popular games—and then letting students play. Read more ›

Executive Function Every Day

Your child tends to forget things, has difficulty listening to and following instructions, working independently, and completing tasks. She struggles with setting priorities and resisting impulses. Sound familiar? Your child may be struggling with executive function issues.  Read more ›

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Concrete Ways To Help Students Self-Regulate And Prioritize Work [video]

SEL selfregulation 570There are a lot of skills necessary to succeed in school that aren’t directly about mastering content, including the ability to recognize, name and control ones emotions. The school day often comes with lots of emotion, everything from elation to frustration, which makes it the perfect place to practice self-regulation. Read more ›

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