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 relationshipsand enjoying good health—she’ll need some specialized equipment to get offthe ground.
That flight gear is a set of social, emotional and cognitive skills calledexecutive function.
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 multiplerunaways without crashing into each other. Without it? Chaos.
In the brain, executive function is a child’s very own personal controltower, allowing her to focus, hold and work with information, filterdistraction and switch mental gears. Without it? Chaos.
And a young child’s got a lot going on: learning to payattention, plan ahead, deal with conflicts and follow rules athome, in school and on the playground.