Executive Function Part 1:

Six Mental Skills Every Child Must Have


13TH OCTOBER, 2022

Here are the key takeaways as we explored the Executive Function Skills needed to solve a Math problem:

6 Must-Have Executive Function Skills:

  • Attention & Focus
    • The ability to tune-in and stay on task
  • Working Memory
    • The small amount of information that can be held in mind and used in the execution of cognitive tasks.
  • Cognitive Flexibility
    • The ability to switch between thinking about two different concepts or to think about multiple concepts simultaneously.
  • Self-Monitoring
    • The ability to be self-aware and to adjust to the needs of the task accordingly
  • Planning & Organisation
    • The ability to sequence your steps to reach your goal
  • Impulse Inhibition
    • The ability to inhibit natural, habitual, or dominant emotional or behavioural responses in order to select a more appropriate emotion or behaviour that is consistent with completing their goals

Ms Cheryl Chia

With more than 20 years’ experience in brain fitness training, Cheryl is an accomplished physiotherapist, who is also the founder of BrainFit, an entity that specialises in scientific brain fitness training. Cheryl holds a Master Degree in Physiotherapy Studies from the University of Queensland, Australia. She was awarded a full scholarship from KK Hospital and was also the overall coordinator for paediatric neurology physiotherapy there. She has lectured in Nanyang Polytechnic and is a much sought-after speaker, including at events organised by MediaCorp-SMART Parents, the Child Guidance Clinic and schools. She is a frequent invited guest on Parenting Made Easy Radio 93.8, where she shares her expertise on brain fitness to help parents raise smarter and more resilient children. Cheryl is also an author and a mother to two young girls.