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Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills with Children from Infancy to Adolescence (Activities Guide) Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University


Executive function and self-regulation (EF/SR) skills provide critical supports for learning and development, and while we aren’t born with these skills, we are born with the potential to develop them through interactions and practice. This 16-page guide (available for download, below), describes a variety of activities and games that represent age-appropriate ways for adults to support and strengthen various components of EF/SR in children.

Each chapter of this guide contains activities suitable for a different age group, from infants to teenagers. The guide may be read in its entirety (which includes the introduction and references) or in discrete sections geared to specific age groups.


Behavior Curriculum/Instructional Methods Disability Characteristics Early Childhood Early Intervention Elementary High School Instructional Strategies Middle School Parent/Family Preschool Professional Resources Self-Determination Social/Emotional Transition