Category: EF Tips for Families

Helping Your Child Develop Real-Life Skills Through Executive Function Practice

This article is part of our weekly series Executive Function Tips for Families. Lifelong success starts with skills learned in childhood. This study shows how strong EF skills can pave the way for both academic and professional success if mixed with real-world life skills. Before We Begin: This article explains the study “Fostering Executive-Function Skills…

How Executive Function and Stress Relate to Academic Performance In Middle Schoolers

This article is part of our weekly series Executive Function Tips for Families. Middle school is a difficult time for many adolescents. The research presented in this article shows how EF skills can help your child overcome both stress and challenging academics during this time in their development. Before We Begin: This article explains the…

EF from early adolescence to adulthood

This article is part of our weekly series Executive Function Tips for Families. You’re probably used to hearing that early childhood is the most important time to develop Executive Function skills, but many people don’t realize just how much their child’s EF skills will keep developing as they get older. The findings of the following…

Interview with Karen Gage, Founder of KidvoKit

Today, we are thrilled to present an interview with Karen Gage, founder of KidvoKit. KidvoKit helps families of kids with special needs navigate the education system and advocate for their children. Karen’s personal journey as a parent and entrepreneur inspired her to create KidvoKit to make the special education process less overwhelming for parents. Reflection Sciences…

Let’s Breathe!

This article is part of our weekly series Executive Function Tips for Families. Breathing exercises are a fun way to help your child calm down and think about what they’re doing. These breathing activities offer your child the opportunity to practice focused attention. These are elements of a strong foundation of executive function skills. Objective:…

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

This article is part of our weekly series Executive Function Tips for Families. This activity offers your child the opportunity to practice key executive function skills, such as following instructions, controlling reactions, and recalling information. Objective: Would you like for your child to get better at following directions? If so, then take a look at…

Unleashing the Power of Pretend Play: The Batman Effect and Beyond

In a world full of distractions and temptations, fostering perseverance and self-control in children can often feel like an uphill battle. However, Dr. Stephanie Carlson’s recent research sheds light on an unexpected ally in the quest to develop these crucial executive function skills: pretend play. On a new episode of the Catalyst 360 podcast, Dr. Stephanie…

Let’s Have A Scavenger Hunt

This article is part of our weekly series Executive Function Tips for Families. This activity will give your child the opportunity to work on mindful concentration, which will help them learn how to remember rules, stay focused, and use flexible thinking.  Objective Are you looking for a fun way to help your child work on…

Executive Functioning (EF) and Achievement in Kids with ADHD

Understanding a child’s ability to learn, control their behavior, and have healthy relationships is important! Read on to learn about what researchers found when they looked at EF skills and achievement in children who have ADHD. This article is part of our weekly series, Executive Function Tips for Families. Before We Begin: This article explains…