Executive Functions & Life Skills Development for Children

We need to educate ourselves more about the brain and the mind when we deal with positive discipline. This is where Executive Functions (EF) comes into play. It has made us realize that EF is the core source of positive discipline. Implanting any disciplines or habits onto children needs understanding and developing EFs at the same time. This, in turn, will be implanted in the children’s habits throughout their lives. Children learn by imitating adults. Therefore, adults need to be good models in order for the children to reflect good behaviors from. These are the reasons Upstream has brought in this curriculum as part of our training programs. This is so that those adults can learn from the seminar and effectively, peacefully, and successfully pass it on to the children under their care.

Research on the developing brain shows us that early childhood experiences build the foundation for a skilled workforce, a responsible community, and a thriving economy. A new evidence base has identified a set of skills that are essential for school achievement, for the preparation and adaptability of our future workforce, and for avoiding a wide range of population health problems.

In the brain, the ability to hold onto and work with information, focus thinking, filter distractions, and switch gears is like an airport having a highly effective air traffic control system to manage the arrivals and departures of dozens of planes on multiple runways. Scientists refer to these capacities as executive functions and self-regulation—a set of skills that relies on three types of brain function: working memory, mental flexibility, and self-control. Children aren’t born with these skills—they are born with the potential to develop them. The full range of abilities continues to grow and mature through the teen years and into early adulthood. To ensure that children develop these capacities, it’s helpful to understand how the quality of the interactions and experiences that our communities provide for them either strengthens or undermines these emerging skills. (Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University)

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