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Mindful Schools – Executive Function: What It Is and Why It Matters
May 26 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
One of the newest discoveries in child development is the importance of executive function (EF), a set of cognitive abilities responsible for self-monitoring, life management, and emotional regulation. EF is also critical for social development, family relationships, and academic success. EF gradually matures as a development path, so recognizing how these skills develop can guide both parents and teachers through the years. While many parents and providers are familiar with executive function as it relates to ADHD, familiarity with EF supports all children in numerous practical ways. Understanding executive function relates to everything from decision-making around classroom routines, technology, and discipline, to understand the impact of ADHD – and the benefits of mindfulness. This talk includes a review of current research that supports practical choices from infancy through young adulthood, fostering resilience and setting children up to thrive.