What it is:The ability to ignore distractions and resist temptation
Example:A child might use this skill to keep from blurting out an answer in class. It helps kids regulate their emotions and keep from acting impulsively.
Skills Related to Executive Function
Here are some other skills that might be hard for people who struggle with executive function.
Reflection: Reflection is a process that allows people to stop and think before they respond to something. This skill is key for solving problems. The more kids practice reflection, the better they get at it.
Processing Speed: Kids need to go through the reflection process quickly to solve problems on time. That’s where processing speed comes in. Some experts view this skill as the engine that drives how well people use executive functioning skills to solve problems and achieve goals.
You might also hear about something called “hot executive function.” This comes into play in situations that aren’t emotionally “neutral.” It helps people manage their emotional reactions. Kids might rely on hot executive function during a spelling bee to keep their excitement or anxiety in check. Others might use it to resist temptation.