Executive Function

Executive Function is the key set of skills required for impulse control in children, as well as academic and life success. Executive Function is considered 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.

3 Elements of Executive Function
  • Working memory governs our ability to retain and manipulate distinct pieces of information over short periods of time.
  • Mental flexibility helps us to sustain or shift attention in response to different demands or to apply different rules in different settings.
  • Self-control enables us to set priorities and resist impulsive actions or responses.
Harvard has a number of resources to measure and improve executive function in children

Free Online Training Module: Executive Function

Measure for chronic under-stimulation (neglect)

Number of social interaction with other children
measures of cognition
measures of language development
executive function

Russian Orphanage Example

Staff members encouraged to use bathing and feedings to have warm and responsive interactions. This small change showed substantially improved scores on cognitive ability, social-emotional development and motor skills.[1]

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Scorecard Building

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Resources to Investigate

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  1. ^ Helping Children Succeed