Home Activities That Improve Executive Functioning
– Written by Michael Smith,
Play Attention’s Lead Executive Function Coach
Play Attention improves the cognitive skills that lay the foundation for strong Executive Functioning, but many of our clients would like to know other activities they can do outside of their Play Attention sessions to improve cognitive skills even more. In the coming weeks, we’ll be giving specific examples of such activities divided into age categories. This week, let’s continue with activities for toddlers and preschoolers:
Activity 3 for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Puzzles
Areas developed: Working Memory/Patience & Impulse Control/Spatial Memory
In our high tech world of iPads and X-boxes, sitting down with your child to put together a puzzle might seem antiquated. In reality, however, it is a tried and true method of strengthening cognitive skills necessary for good Executive Function, especially if you start early.
Puzzles develop working memory and spatial memory, by which the child absorbs the shape, appearance, and positioning of various pieces, and uses that information to gradually construct a larger whole. Not to mention the sustained focus and patience it requires, which helps develop the ability to control impulsiveness. Read more