Tag: cognitive-development

The Dance of Development: Motor Skills and the Brain

The Connection Between Physical Play and Mental Development: As parents, we often marvel at the physical milestones our children achieve, from their first steps to the moment they master riding a bike. But did you know that these physical milestones are closely linked to significant brain development, especially in areas related to cognitive executive function…

Finding the Right Level of Challenge to Build your Child’s EF skills

What is This Article About?  Children develop at different rates, and this includes their executive function (EF) development.  One of the best ways you can help your child grow their EF skills is through at-home play. This blog is chock-full of fun games and activities you can use to improve your child’s EF skills while…

How are Executive Function and Learning Connected?

This week: New Executive Function Science  This week we are taking a look at a 2021 study from the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology that explores the relationship between differences in executive function (EF) skills, and how those differences affect learning different kinds of material. The study is called “Individual differences in executive function and…

Beyond the Book: Four Mini Executive Function Games For Story Time

Why This Activity? Families: Reading can put the “fun” in executive function! Build immediate memory capabilities through an activity where you and your child focus on specific elements of new and favorite stories.   Before You Start, Get Set Up! Objective: Exercise your child’s flexible thinking and short-term memory skills while reading fun books together…

Exploring the Impact of Parenting Styles on Child Executive Function Skills

What is This Study About? Parenting plays a crucial role in shaping a child’s cognitive and behavioral development, and recent research examines the intricate connections between parenting styles and a child’s executive function skills. In this article, we explore key findings from “The Role of Parenting Factors in Accelerating or Hindering the Development of HEF…

What are the Effects of Initial Skill Level and Socioeconomic Status on Executive Function?

What is This Study About? In this article, we discuss the study “Examining Moderators of Response to Executive Function Reflection Training: Initial Skill & Socioeconomic Status” Schubert, Erin. (2016). In the study, the researcher sought to determine why executive function (EF) training did not improve skill levels for all children who participated in it. The…

Button, Button. Who’s Got the Button?

I grew up in the days of danger… rickety swingsets, no bicycle helmets, and climbing trees as high as I could without an adult within a block. This was also a time when games weren’t very sophisticated and household items were never discarded, just added to the toy bin. This week’s activity, Button, Button. Who’s Got…

Shake, Rattle, and Roll!

Or better yet, hop, skip, and jump! No matter how we phrase it, activity and play is important for everyone, children and adults alike. That is why Reflection Sciences and Playworks are working together this summer to make sure learning through fun continues. There are relationships between children’s play and development in several areas, including…