Resources Lifelong Skills
Skill Sets for Success
The 2 Skills your toddler needs to learn
Tips for promoting essential skills
Mind in the Making (MITM) at BFF is culling through the behavioral issues that pediatricians hear most frequently from families during well-child visits. The questions have come from reviewing Bright Futures (the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Guideline for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents) as well as from parent websites. In response to these questions, we are creating information that pediatricians can use on how they can help parents turn these behavioral issues into opportunities to promote life skills in their children.
Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills with Children from Infancy to Adolescence
Executive function and self-regulation (EF/SR) skills provide critical supports for learning and development, and while we aren’t born with these skills, we are born with the potential to develop them through interactions and practice.
This 16-page guide (available for download, below), describes a variety of activities and games that represent age-appropriate ways for adults to support and strengthen various components of EF/SR in children.
Each chapter of this guide contains activities suitable for a different age group, from infants to teenagers. The guide may be read in its entirety (which includes the introduction and references) or in discrete sections geared to specific age groups.
What is Executive Function?
As essential as they are, we aren’t born with the skills that enable us to control impulses, make plans, and stay focused. We are born with the potential to develop these capacities—or not—depending on our experiences during infancy, throughout childhood, and into adolescence. Our genes provide the blueprint, but the early environments in which children live leave a lasting signature on those genes.