Executive Function in Children – Deficits and Academic Difficulties

Are you familiar with the importance of the brain development of executive function in children?  The skills are essential for students to thrive in the school setting.

Are you familiar with the importance of the brain development of executive function in children?  The skills are essential for students to thrive in the school setting. A recent research article did a longitudinal study examining executive function in children who were kindergarten age through third grade with academic difficulties. Executive Function in Children Executive […]

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Poor Executive Function Skills? Try Using Chaining

Signs of poor executive function skills are when someone struggles with working memory, focus, organization, planning, impulse control or shifting tasks.

Do you work with clients who struggle with working memory, focus, organizational skills, planning, impulse control or shifting from one task to another? This may be a sign of poor executive function skills. It can be very difficult to manage the day to day tasks or learn new skills when executive function disorder is present. […]

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How to Use Breathing Exercises For Executive Function Skills

How to use breathing exercises for executive function skills to build basic self-regulation skills, de-stress, recharge, and reset to an optimal mind-body state.

Breathing techniques can offer easy-to-practice activities for building basic self-regulation in the body of youngsters and in your classroom. Here are suggestions on how to use breathing exercises for executive function skills. The official definition of executive function is a set of processes that all have to do with managing oneself and one’s resources in […]

Critical Thinking Questions for Kids

Critical thinking questions for kids build problem-solving skills and also boosts executive functioning skills in students.

With automation and technology advancing everyday, today’s students need to learn how to think critically and problem solve. These are skills that require extensive nurturing throughout childhood development. One way teachers, therapists, and parents can help is to ask critical thinking questions for kids throughout the day. Not only does this build problem-solving skills it […]

Practice Following Oral and Written Directions – Free Activities

Do you work with students who need to practice following oral and written directions?  This FREEBIE includes 4 sample activities from the Following Directions Bundle. Each of the activity pages requires the students to follow oral and written directions such as: What am I? – 2 activity pages Following Directions and Drawing Follow Directions to Get […]

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FREE Executive Functioning and Fine Motor Activities for Fall

It is that time of year – crisp air, falling leaves, pumpkins, turkeys and more.  Add in some skill practice with these 5 FREE executive functioning and fine motor activities for Fall.  Children with love the variety and you will love the NO PREP, economical black and white printing.  These free sample pages are from […]

6 FREE Executive Functioning Activity Worksheets

When executive function deficits are present, students can become frustrated, disengaged and give up. Here are 6 FREE executive functioning activity worksheets to help students succeed.

Do you work with children who struggle with executive function skills?  Some students can find it difficult to pay attention, stay focused, be organized, plan, self-monitor, self-regulate, or complete reading and writing assignments. These are all examples of executive function skills.  When executive function deficits are present, students can become frustrated, disengaged and give up.  […]

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Visual motor skills, executive function and achievement in children

Research was published recently on the association of visual motor skills, executive function and achievement in children (for reading and math scores) for kindergarteners through second graders. 

Visual Motor Skills, Executive Function, and Achievement in Children Research was published recently on the association of visual motor skills, executive function and achievement in children (for reading and math scores) for kindergarteners through second graders. The participants included 259 students enrolled in elementary schools in low-income communities with many sociodemographic risk factors.  The research indicated […]

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Predictive Power of Executive Functions, Visual-Motor Coordination and Physical Fitness on later academic achievement

Predictive Power of Executive Functions, Visual-Motor Coordination and Physical Fitness on Later Academic Achievement

Predictive Power of Executive Functions, Visual-Motor Coordination and Physical Fitness on Later Academic Achievement Are you concerned when you see young children enter kindergarten who may not be ready?  The concern is usually for a good reason.  When children do not arrive with school readiness skills it can affect later academic achievement.  Human Movement Science […]

How to Help Children Improve Executive Functioning

How to Help Children Improve Executive Functioning

How to Help Children Improve Executive Functioning Executive functions are a popular “buzz word” right now and with good reason.  In a nutshell, executive functions include the following skills: inhibitory control, working memory, cognitive flexibility, reasoning, problem-solving and planning.  These super-important skills can be improved with training which is good news since they are necessary […]