As children, we begin to develop executive functioning skills, which is to say that we begin to make conscious choices and actions to meet goals as we conduct our lives. Over time, these skills continually develop well into adulthood, and we live our whole lives grappling with decisions and action; the strengths and weaknesses of our executive function can aid or hinder us as we aspire to reach our goals. Those who have strong executive functions may formulate a plan and see it through to the end without much of a hiccup, while others may struggle to follow a plan, let alone make one. Here at Whole Child Neuro, we strive to help children and young adults to strengthen their executive functions at an early age, in order to improve their pursuits in academia and beyond. These skills prove to be lifelong skills, aiding individuals in continual, proactive growth.
Now, you may be asking yourself: What exactly are executive functions? And how can I support these skills in my child? Let’s address those questions to better understand this broad concept and its application in childhood development.