Category: Parent Newsletters

Stop, Go, or Go Slow?

This article is part of our weekly series Executive Function Tips for Families. Parents! This game gets the green light for fast, fun EF enhancement!  Objective: This game focuses on listening rules to enhance attention and encourage your child to think before acting. Executive Function Skills Practiced: Inhibitory Control: Your child will have to stop…

Executive Function Stages and Ages

This article is part of our weekly series Executive Function Tips for Families. Parents, do you wonder how EF looks at different ages? Find out in a quick read with games for any age!  Objective: In this article, we’ll examine typical EF skills by age and simple activities to support those skills. We’ll also highlight…

Do You Know What’s Missing?

This article is part of our weekly series Executive Function Tips for Families. Have ten minutes? Turn magical moments, favorite stories, or household items into meaningful working memory practice!   Objective: This activity challenges children’s working memory and inhibitory control by having them remember a visual array of people, characters, or objects while resisting the…

Music Patterns

This article is part of our weekly series Executive Function Tips for Families.  Parents, do you have time on your hands? If you do, put those hands together for quick pattern playtime!  Objective: This game develops and strengthens the executive function skills of selective attention, inhibitory control, and cognitive flexibility through clapping and tapping patterns.…

Guest Blog: Strengthening EF Skills at Home

Guest Blogger Spotlight: Hello, I’m Nicole Rouleau, an Executive Function and Learning Specialist, and owner of Igniting Your Mind. My mission is to empower individuals to overcome challenges, increase their quality of life, and unlock their full potential. Having spent more than 23 years as both a mother and an educator, I’ve come to appreciate…

Can You Hear the Sound? Shake, Rattle, and Roll with Listening Game Fun!

Hear ye, hear ye! Parents, practicing focused attention can be simple and fun with an activity that will have your child all ears! This article is part of our weekly series Executive Function Tips for Families. Relax and practice mindful thinking by concentrating on a specific sound. It helps children understand what paying attention to…

Play Bear & Dragon at Home

Flex those cognitive flexibility skills in a game with real characters! Bear and Dragon stop by to engage your child in a new take on “Follow the Leader”. They must choose to follow or not follow Bear and Dragon’s requests based on the rules presented. Activity: Flex those cognitive flexibility skills in a game with real…

Swing into fun with five little monkeys

This article is part of our weekly series Executive Function Tips for Families. Parents: Just hanging around? Swing into numeracy fun with this new take on a classic game.​ Dive into the world of playful learning and discover how the classic game 5 Little Monkeys can boost both numeracy and executive function. Learn more about…

To Screen or Not to Screen?

Screen Time Guidance for Children During the Quarantine Among the many challenges facing parents in these uncertain times is the question of how much screen time is too much for their developing children? Since the coronavirus-related shutdowns, the American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its media recommendations for young children including limiting digital media to…

Helping Teens Stay On Task During the Coronavirus Quarantine

The stay-at-home orders and remote learning brought about by the novel coronavirus can be especially difficult for teens and their families to adjust to. The added stress and uncertainty combined with the reduced social group interactions can make teens feel anxious, less productive and more stressed. By leveraging mindfulness, reflection and executive function skills, parents…