Category: Parent Newsletters

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…

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…

What are the Effects of Initial Skill Level and Socioeconomic Status on Executive Function?

What is This Study About? In this article, we discuss the study “Examining Moderators of Response to Executive Function Reflection Training: Initial Skill & Socioeconomic Status” Schubert, Erin. (2016). In the study, the researcher sought to determine why executive function (EF) training did not improve skill levels for all children who participated in it. The…

“Blink!” An Executive Function Matching Game

Parents, don’t look away too soon! This fast-paced game is full of endless possibilities for memory fun! Learn How to Play “Blink” With Your Child Now EF Activity Objective: This activity introduces mindful concentration, helping your child learn how to hold rules in their memory and exercise flexible thinking. They match cards based on color,…

Stop, Go, or Go Slow?

This article is part of our weekly series Executive Function Tips for Families. Parents! This game gets the green light for fast, fun EF enhancement!  Objective: This game focuses on listening rules to enhance attention and encourage your child to think before acting. Executive Function Skills Practiced: Inhibitory Control: Your child will have to stop…

Let’s Sort It Out!

This article is part of our weekly series Executive Function Tips for Families. Parents, need to switch up your child’s working memory practice game? This activity will have young minds sorting and switching with endless possibilities!    Objective: Improve working memory, inhibitory control, and cognitive flexibility in preschoolers (3 – 4 years) through a dynamic…