Category: EF Tips for Families

How is Executive Function Related to Language and Reading?

This article is part of our weekly series Executive Function Tips for Families. Words That Work: How Verbal Short-Term Memory Opens Doors to Gains in Speech and Literacy About the Study: This article describes the findings of the study ”Verbal Short-Term Memory Underlies Typical Development of “Thought Organization” Measured as Speech Connectedness’ Mota et. al,…

Preschool Executive Function and Adult Outcomes: A Developmental Cascade Model

Little Gains, Big Gains: How Can Nurturing Executive Function Skills in Preschoolers Impact Their Adult Years? This article is part of our weekly series Executive Function Tips for Families. Before We Begin: This article explains the findings of the study “Preschool Executive Function and Adult Outcomes: A Developmental Cascade Model” Ahmed et. al, Developmental Psychology,…

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…

Let Me Choose

Giving children the opportunity to choose for themselves helps them develop thinking skills critical to social and academic success.

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…

Before They Get to Kindergarten: New Research Sheds Light on the Value of Early EF Screening.

This article is part of our weekly series Executive Function Tips for Families. Unlike most assessments of school readiness, Executive Function (EF) screenings focus on essential cognitive skills like inhibitory control and cognitive flexibility. These skills predict success in school. They can also be improved during preschool years with the right support. Recent research by scientists from…

EF and Math Success

Understanding How Executive Function Training Impacts Mathematics Skills in Preschool Children: A Conversation With Developmental Psychologist Dr. Jasmine Ernst Evidence suggests there is a positive correlation between strong executive function (EF) skills and academic growth over time. Programs that integrate EF practice into early childhood curriculum may see significant improvements in learning and social development. Why…

Fathers Matter: The Role of Father Autonomy Support and Control in Executive Function Development

This article is part of our weekly series Executive Function Tips for Families. Fathering Futures: The Impact of Dad’s Guidance on Child Executive Function    About the Study: This article discusses a study that investigated an often-overlooked aspect of child development—the influence of fathers on their children’s executive function (EF) skills. While extensive research has…