Develop Executive Function Skills and Self-Regulation Skills

executive skills and the brain

You can build executive function skills through deliberate action and focused attention.

For many students, executive function deficits are developmental and some brains need more time than others to grow and mature. These lagging skills can be problematic and manifest in self-regulation challenges in thinking, emotion, and behavior. The good news is that you can learn to manage and overcome these deficits by deliberate practices using practical and strength-based tools and strategies.

You can rewire the brain through deliberate action and focused attention. Students and adults can shape their attention and strengthen neurological network within the frontal lobe. Working with an Executive Function Coach on research-based processes and strategies, clients start to experiences outcomes that are more aligned with personal and professional goals. Whether its organizational strategies or future planning strategies, clients develop a stronger internal process of organizing their thinking and behaviors towards their future self.

From Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child is the best presentation of the relationship between self-regulation skills and executive function skills. See this model below as it accurately depicts the dynamic relationship between these two constructs.

Executive function and self-regulation skills rely on three brain functions: working memory, mental flexibility, and self-control. These functions are highly interrelated, and the successful application of executive function skills requires them to operate in harmony with each other.  Each type of executive function skill draws on elements of the others.

Categories of Executive Functions

Working Memory

Governs our ability to retain and manipulate distinct pieces of information over short periods of time.

Mental flexibility

Helps us to sustain or shift attention in response to different demands or to apply different rules in different settings.

Self-control

Enables us to set priorities and resist impulsive actions or responses.

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