Enrolled: 118 students
Duration: 45 minutes
Lectures: 3
Video: 45 minutes
Level: Beginner


Executive functions are a family of three core skills: inhibitory control, working memory and cognitive flexibility. These three core executive functions work together in different ways resulting in a set of other high-order skills called executive function skills. There are 11 executive functions skills including time-management, organisation, planning, emotional control and response inhibition.

Strong development of executive function skills are strongly related to better outcomes in social-emotional functioning, physical health and mental wellbeing throughout life. Research has even shown that executive function development is a better predictor of school readiness than entry level maths, English and even IQ!

What the course covers:

The first session provides an outline of what executive functions are, the neuroscience behind them and the factors that affect our executive functioning.

Session two covers what executive function challenges look like at school, in relationships and how they can impact behaviour at home. It also covers how parents and teachers should communicate with their child/student to support the development of these skills.

Session three covers how we can support children to develop strong executive functioning through a shared literacy, specific praise and co-regulation. Importantly, this session will provide you with recommended reading and resources, as well as some information about the support offered by Connections in Mind. This includes our executive function coaching programmes, inset training days for teachers, our Connected Minds Parent Course and our online executive function support groups for adults and parents.

Who is this course for?

This course is for any parent, teacher or educational professional who would like to know more about executive functions, how challenges with executive functions are presented at school and in behaviour at home, and how we can support the development of strong executive functioning in our children and students.

Session 1: What are exeutive functions?
10 minutes
What are Executive Functions Quiz
8 questions

Take this quiz to consolidate your learning from the video.

Session 2: What do executive function challenges look like?
10 minutes
What do EF challenges look like Quiz
10 questions

Take this quiz to consolidate your learning.

Session 3: How can we develop strong executive functions?
10 minutes
Developing Strong Executive Functions Quiz
7 questions

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