Working memory is related to how a child temporarily stores and uses the information in their mind. It is an essential skill a child needs in order to hold on to information to work with it mentally and it is needed for a wide variety of skills.
Self-regulation is the ability to control one’s attention, impulsive behavior, thoughts, and emotions, and it is a key executive function skill for children when it comes to learning and social interactions.
In a nutshell, cognitive flexibility is the brain’s ability to think outside the box or in new ways. It’s a way for children to think about issues, experiences, and challenges differently, as well as to understand the world in their own way.
Let’s deep dive into each core executive function skill to understand its role in a child’s learning and development, and discuss practical steps that parents can take to improve these skills in their children.
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University of Otago researchers have discovered a clue as to why there are changes in the way babies' brains are formed in mothers who are obese during pregnancy, which can potentially lead to an elevated risk of mental illness, including autism spectrum disorders.
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