Webinar Replay

Executive Function Part II:

 Develop Solid Learning & Self-Management Skills


27TH OCTOBER, 2022

Here are the key takeaways as we explored strategies to strengthen Executive Function Skills through the different ages:  

Strategies to Develop Executive Function Skills:

  • Attention & Focus
    • Attentive, stretched play vs fast-paced play
    • Physical exercise – Improves blood flow, alertness and cognitive processes 
    • Mindfulness exercise – One of the best strategies to counter “mind wandering”
  • Working Memory
    • There are many types of memory – Training needs to be specific. Some examples:
    • Verbal Working Memory – Use auditory/ verbal tasks
    • Visual Working Memory – Use visual tasks
    • Sequential Working Memory – Involve sequences 
  • Cognitive Flexibility
    • Develop bilingualism – Bilingualism promotes “shifting” in the brain
    • Brain training exercise – Strengthen the ability for fast “shifting” 
    • Practise many question types – To build fluency within a specific topic
  • Self-Monitoring/ Planning/ Impulse Inhibition
    • Role-play – Many skills built as children take different perspectives
    • Observation, Recording – Make required steps explicit
    • Goal planning, Tracking – Help to set goals and create accountability

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.