What are Executive Function Skills? Ellen Galinsky defines them as:
- Focus – being able to pay attention
- Working Memory – being able to keep information in mind in order to use it
- Cognitive Flexibility – being able to adjust to shifting needs and demands
- Inhibitory Control – being able to resist the temptation to go on automatic and do what we need to do to achieve our goals
As children grow older, these skills include reflecting, analyzing, planning and evaluating.
The seven skills that Ellen Galinsky identifies that can help children (and adults) thrive are:
- Focus and Self Control
- Perspective Taking
- Making Connections
- Critical Thinking
- Taking On Challenges
- Self-Directed, Engaged Learning
Don’t miss the opportunity to attend our School Readiness Symposium in December to learn more about “The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs” for success in school and in life. You can register for the Symposium in our events section of the website.