So, welcome to this post and future posts discussing "EF"! Over the next few months, we'll discuss what Executive Function is all about and what you can do to increase your child's skills in this area of development.
Executive Functions are mental (brain) processes or functions that help us in a way an airport control tower serves as a command center for thousands of flight-related tasks each day. The airport control tower is gathering and analyzing information so it can determine the best (and safest) course of action for multiple airplanes arriving and departing on numerous runways.
When a child works on a school project or homework, helps plan a family outing or practices a musical instrument - they are using executive function skills. When they choose to take turns, be patient and control impulses - they are using executive function skills.
Developing good EF skills at early ages prepares kids to experience success in school and vocational (job) tasks, develop appropriate relationships with others and demonstrate independence in life skills (e.g., managing finances, taking care of body/mind/living space, planning a trip, setting goals) - just to name a few!
Next month, we'll start looking at specific EF skills and share ideas on what you can do to strengthen those skills in the children you love.
Until then, check out these links to provide more examples of why EF is so important: