Air traffic control
helps kids soar
Executive function is like an air traffic control tower, allowing us to focus,
hold and work with information, filter distraction and switch mental gears.
Valerie Berenyi looks at how kids can build such skills by playing
If a child is to soar in life—finding success in school, work and relationships
and enjoying good health—she’ll need some specialized equipment to get off
That flight gear is a set of social, emotional and cognitive skills called
Think of executive function as the air-traffic control tower at a busy airport.
It makes sure hundreds of planes safely arrive and depart from multiple
runaways without crashing into each other. Without it? Chaos.
In the brain, executive function is a child’s very own personal control
tower, allowing her to focus, hold and work with information, filter
distraction and switch mental gears. Without it? Chaos.
And a young child’s got a lot going on: learning to pay
attention, plan ahead, deal with conflicts and follow rules at
home, in school and on the playground.