Did you know that your child’s early experiences build the foundation for a responsible community, a skilled workforce and a thriving economy?

Executive functioning, or self-regulation, is a set of skills that rely on three types of brain function: working memory, mental flexibility, and self-control. Children are not born with these skills, however, they are born with the potential to develop them. The full range of abilities continues to grow and mature as they the child enters their teenage years and early adulthood.

In order to ensure that your child develops these capacities, it is important to understand how the quality of the child’s interactions and experiences that our communities provide for them either strengthen or undermine their emerging skills.

School Achievement:

Executive function skills help the child:

  1. Remember and follow multi-step instructions
  2. Avoid distractions
  3. Control rash responses
  4. Adjust when rules change
  5. Persist at problem solving
  6. Manage long-term assignments

Positive Behaviors:

Executive Functions help the child develop skills of:

  1. Teamwork
  2. Leadership
  3. Decision-making
  4. Working toward goals
  5. Critical thinking
  6. Adaptability
  7. Being aware of our own emotions as well as other’s emotions

Executive Function skills help People:

  1. Make more positive choices about nutrition and exercise
  2. Engage in activities in which they practice skills
  3. Provide a consistent, reliable presence that young children can trust
  4. Guide them from complete dependence on adults to gradual independence
  5. Protect them from chaos, violence and chronic adversity because toxis stress stimulated by these environments disrupts the brain circuits that are required for executive functioning and triggers impulsive behavior

Building these abilities in young children requires caregivers and communities to provide and support the child’s experiences that promote emotional, social, cognitive and physical development broadly, including a range of strategies that:

  • Reduce stress
  • Foster social connection
  • Incorporate vigorous physical exercise
  • Increase complexity of skills
  • Successful work

Executive function skills increase our potential for economic success because we are better organized, able to solve problems that require planning, and prepared to adjust to changing circumstances

For more information on our Evaluations & Therapy, or to schedule a visit for your child, visit www.teamchatterboxes.com

Chatterboxes offers quality Speech-Language & Occupational Therapy in Boston, MA. We also offer flexible service options for your family. Call us today at 617-969-8255 or visit us at 121 Mt Vernon St, Boston, MA 02108.