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Childhood Aggression Linked to Poor Executive Function

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Childhood Aggression Linked to Deficits in Executive Function

You may have heard it from teachers and counselors, “Your child has ADHD and weak Executive Function.”

Executive Function is a term used to explain brain processes needed to plan, prioritize, and organize. Executive Function helps us avoid procrastination, make good decisions by avoiding impulsive behaviors, and remain on task. Research has now linked childhood aggression to deficits in Executive Function.

“The study, published in open-access journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, shows that primary school children with lower Executive Function were more likely to show physical, relational and reactive aggression in later years, but not proactive aggression. The increased aggression — which was observed in both boys and girls — may be partly due to an increased tendency for anger in these children. The findings suggest that helping children to increase their Executive Function could reduce their aggression.”

Our focus at Play Attention is to help children and adults with attention difficulties strengthen Executive Function and Self-Regulation. We know strong Executive Function is critical to school and workplace success.

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