Executive Functioning Skills
It’s a big deal — learning how to focus and pay attention!
All of us need many skills to live our lives successfully, but nobody comes into this world bearing any of these capabilities. Rather, we must learn and develop them as with any skill like walking, talking, listening, throwing a ball, etc. Among the skills most important include a set referred to as Executive Functioning Skills. For children, these include learning to:
Listen & Pay Attention
Plan & Set Priorities
Learn A Process
Complete A Task
From the American Psychological Association
“The strongest predictors of later achievement are school-entry math, reading, and attention skills in that order.”
Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child says . . .
“When children have opportunities to develop executive functioning and self-regulation skills, individuals and society experience lifelong benefits. These skills are critical for learning and development.”
“Providing the support that children need to build these skills … is one of society’s most important responsibilities.”
So Many Challenges
Many children simply do not know how to pay attention and focus and it’s due so much to all of the distractions that exist in their worlds today – TV, games, gadgets, phones, stress, anxiety, autism, ADHD, hunger, and others. We sympathize with these children and their parents and grandparents because the challenges are so major.
Many Uses of
Folders for Focusing:
Classroom Privacy Folders, Sibling Privacy Shields, Personal Work Station, Practice Folder, Language Therapy Tool, Game or Drawing Folder, Process Support Tool, Planning & Time Management Aid, Visible Directions