Finding out what your child likes and dislikes is a good place to start engaging them
If we really what children to be interested in learning, start with things they love. Here’s a Likes and Dislikes Survey that’ll help you get started. If we use areas and activities children like, they’re more likely to be interested. On the other hand, if we avoid things they dislike, we’re less likely to turn them off.
Rate your own executive functioning
Here’s an interesting way to introduce executive functions to other adults. Print this two-sided Executive Function Rating card. Have them read the description of each executive function, and then rate themselves on the 0-to-10 scale.
What does your profile look like (hint: they’re usually uneven; you’ll have some stronger executive functions and some that aren’t quite as strong – that’s part of being human)?
Information on executive functions
Executive Functions are at the heart of spark*, spark*EL, and Self-regulation in Everyday Life. In each, we work on five key executive functions. Read more about them below.
Use these handouts to help others understand more about executive functions.
- Working memory – Here’s information on what working memory is and ways to approach improving it. Find it here.
- Inhibitory control – Here’s information on what inhibitory control is and ways to help children improve it. Find it here.
- Planning & organization – Here’s information on what planning & organization are and ways to help children improve. Find it here.
- Self-monitoring – coming soon
- Cognitive flexibility – coming soon
Ways to promote self-regulation every day
Here are 10 ways you can promote self-regulation in everyday life.