Activities to Strengthen Executive Function

Research suggests that “executive functions” are critical to success in school and in life. They allow us to organize and direct our behaviour, solve problems, and sustain healthy relationships with others.

These skills are best learned in a predictable, low-stress and interactive environment at home and in the day-care or preschool program.

Particular activities can strengthen key components of executive function and self-regulation. The Centre on the Developing Child at Harvard University has developed three activity guides for:
6 to 18 month-olds
18 to 36 month-olds
3 to 5 years-old

Executive Function Activities for 6 to 18 month-olds.
Executive Function Activities for
18 to 36 month-olds
Executive Function Activities for
3 to 5 Year-Olds

The Whole-Brain Child

Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind
Daniel J. Siegel, M. D. and Tina Payne Benson, Ph. D.

Authors neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel, and pediatric/adolescent psychotherapist, Tina Payne Benson, have written this book with “age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles” and clear explanations to show “how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.”

What do parents want?
To survive the difficult parenting moments
For kids to thrive and the family to thrive

“It’s extremely difficult to raise children, and sometimes the best we can do is just get through the moment.”

For a summary of the principles, click here.

Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind

Helping Children and Families During COVID-19

adult hands wrapping around image of a family
Support your family and yourself
Advice from Alberta Health Services

Children react to what they see from the adults around them. During COVID-19, coping calmly can help you and your family. Alberta Health Services has provided some things you can do to support your child and yourself. Download the document.
Mental Health: Coping and Connection for Children & Families During COVID-19.

Using Technology to Stay Connected with Family

mother with young children looking at laptop

During this COVID-19 pandemic, public health officials are instructing us to stay home as much as possible and to avoid contact with others, including our extended families. It is essential to do this to prevent the spread and to protect ourselves and those we love. Alberta Health Services has published information to help you connect, including instructions for video messaging with Skype, Apple Face Time and Google Duo. Download the document here.

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