Executive Functions: An Introduction ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤ

Executive Functions: An Introduction ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤ


This course delivers knowledge and learning on Executive functions which are a family of three core brain processes: inhibitory control, working memory and cognitive flexibility. These three core executive functions work together in different ways resulting in a set of other high-order skills called executive function skills. There are 11 executive functions skills including time-management, organisation, planning, emotional control and response inhibition.

Victoria will take you through the research behind the strong development of executive function skills being related to better outcomes in social-emotional functioning, physical health and mental wellbeing throughout life. Research has even shown that executive function development is a better predictor of school readiness than entry level maths, English and even IQ!

What you will learn

  • Learn what executive functions are, the neuroscience behind them and the factors that affect our executive functioning.
  • Look at what executive function challenges look like at school, in relationships and how they can impact behaviour at home.
  • Understand how parents and teachers should communicate with their child/student to support the development of these skills.
  • Support children to develop strong executive functioning through a shared literacy, specific praise and co-regulation.
  • Get recommended reading and resources, as well as some information about the support offered by Connections in Mind. This includes our executive function coaching programmes, inset training days for teachers, our Connected Minds Parent Course and our online executive function support groups for adults and parents.

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