Category: Resources for Families

Make A Play Plan

Are you looking for a way to help your child make plans and reach goals at home? Then let’s plan to have some fun! Today, we will give your child the opportunity to think about their interests, practice planning, and stay focused on a goal.  This article is part of our weekly series Executive Function…

Measuring Your Child’s Executive Function: What Families Needs to Know

If you want to measure your child’s executive function, or your school or doctor is recommending an executive function evaluation, this post is for you. Here you will learn about 3 common ways to measure executive function and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Before We Begin: This article explains a scientific paper that analyzes…

Kids in the Kitchen

This article is part of our weekly series, Executive Function Tips for Families. Today, we’re creating memories as we expand self-control and working memory skills while we mix, stir, or pour in the kitchen!   Are you looking for a fun way to work on following directions and taking turns with your child? Then let’s stir…

The Dance of Development: Motor Skills and the Brain

The Connection Between Physical Play and Mental Development: As parents, we often marvel at the physical milestones our children achieve, from their first steps to the moment they master riding a bike. But did you know that these physical milestones are closely linked to significant brain development, especially in areas related to cognitive executive function…

Finding the Right Level of Challenge to Build your Child’s EF skills

What is This Article About?  Children develop at different rates, and this includes their executive function (EF) development.  One of the best ways you can help your child grow their EF skills is through at-home play. This blog is chock-full of fun games and activities you can use to improve your child’s EF skills while…

Free For Parents: Fun Games That Build EF Skills

Practicing EF skills with your child is shown to improve their lifelong decision-making and impulse control skills. But making time (and knowing what games to play) can be a challenge.  A new free program from Dancing Panda promises to help parents get a leg up on playtime. If you’ve ever found yourself looking for a…

How are Executive Function and Learning Connected?

This week: New Executive Function Science  This week we are taking a look at a 2021 study from the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology that explores the relationship between differences in executive function (EF) skills, and how those differences affect learning different kinds of material. The study is called “Individual differences in executive function and…

Beyond the Book: Four Mini Executive Function Games For Story Time

Why This Activity? Families: Reading can put the “fun” in executive function! Build immediate memory capabilities through an activity where you and your child focus on specific elements of new and favorite stories.   Before You Start, Get Set Up! Objective: Exercise your child’s flexible thinking and short-term memory skills while reading fun books together…

Exploring the Impact of Parenting Styles on Child Executive Function Skills

What is This Study About? Parenting plays a crucial role in shaping a child’s cognitive and behavioral development, and recent research examines the intricate connections between parenting styles and a child’s executive function skills. In this article, we explore key findings from “The Role of Parenting Factors in Accelerating or Hindering the Development of HEF…