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Empowering Teenagers and Adolescents (13-17 Years) to Boost their Executive Functioning Skills Through Summer Activities

Updated: Jun 12

Summer is a critical time for teenagers to develop their executive functioning skills, which are essential for academic success and personal growth before the next school year. Empower your teen to boost these skills this summer!

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Here are some summer-specific activities to help the teens in your life feel empowered to boost their Executive Functioning Skills effectively.

  1. Goal Setting: Work with your teen to set realistic and achievable summer goals, such as learning a new skill or preparing for college applications. Help them create a timeline and break down their goals into smaller, manageable tasks. This practice strengthens their ability to set and follow through with goals.

  2. Internships and Volunteering: Encourage your teen to gain experience through summer internships or volunteer work. These opportunities help them develop time management, responsibility, and organizational skills while providing valuable real-world experience.

  3. Personal Projects: Support your teen in starting a personal summer project, such as creating a blog, learning to code, or starting a small business. These projects require planning, initiative, and perseverance, all of which are crucial executive functioning skills.

  4. Advanced Planning: Help your teen plan for longer-term projects or goals, such as preparing for the upcoming school year or a significant personal project. Teach them to set milestones, track their progress, and adjust their plans as needed.

  5. Self-reflection: Encourage regular self-reflection by having your teen evaluate their goals and progress. Ask them to consider what strategies were effective, what challenges they faced, and how they can improve. This practice helps them develop a deeper understanding of their strengths and areas for growth.

By engaging your teenager in these summer activities, you can help them build robust executive functioning skills that will benefit them in all areas of life. Summer is the perfect time to focus on these skills and prepare them for future success.


Looking for a perfect summer workbook?

Our Executive Functioning Workbook is the perfect companion for any summer curriculum, ideal for tutors, summer school teachers, or learning centers.

  • The only EF workbook that focuses on self-awareness and social-emotional skills, both critical for Executive Functioning

  • Fully customizable for each student’s needs

  • Complete Instructor Guide included

  • Grades 6-12

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