What is Executive Function?
AKA: The air traffic controller of the mind.
Often called the air traffic controller of the mind, the Executive Functions of the brain are a key set of skills required for impulse control in children, as well as academic and life success. So much so, that Executive Function is a better predictor of academic success than traditional IQ tests. But unlike IQ, Executive Function skills can be taught. In short, Executive Function is one of the most important sets of skills that children need to acquire in order to be successful in life.
Executive Function Has Been Shown to Predict Important Developmental Outcomes:
Executive Function Skills
There are three general skills that fall under Executive Function:
Cognitive Flexibility, Working Memory, and Inhibitory Control
Thinking about something in multiple ways. For example, considering someone else’s perspective on a situation, or a different way to solve a problem.
Holding information in mind so it can be used to guide behavior. For example, keeping a question in mind in order to formulate an answer.
Ignoring distractions and inhibiting impulsive responses. For example, paying attention to a teacher and resisting a side conversation with a friend.