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Strengthening Executive Functioning Skills in Pre-Teens and Adolescents (10-12 Years) This Summer

Updated: Jun 11

Summer provides an ideal opportunity for pre-teens and adolescents to strengthen their executive functioning skills through meaningful and enjoyable activities.

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Here’s how to help them develop and strengthen their executive functioning skills by enhancing cognitive flexibility, strategic planning, time management, problem-solving, and self-reflection.

  1. Advanced Cognitive Flexibility: Encourage your pre-teen to participate in a summer drama camp or improv class. These activities require them to think on their feet and adapt to new scenarios, boosting their cognitive flexibility.

  2. Strategic Planning: Support your child in planning a summer science project or experiment. Help them set milestones and deadlines, and create a timeline to achieve their goals. This teaches them how to break down large tasks into manageable parts.

  3. Time Management: Teach your pre-teen to create and follow a daily summer schedule. Include a mix of activities such as reading, outdoor play, and relaxation. Use tools like calendars or planners to help them visualize their tasks and manage their time effectively.

  4. Problem Solving: Encourage your child to tackle a summer DIY project, like building a birdhouse or crafting a piece of art. Discuss different strategies to approach the project and solve any problems that arise, enhancing their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

  5. Self-reflection: Promote regular self-reflection by encouraging your pre-teen to keep a summer journal. Ask them to write about their goals, what they’ve achieved, and what they could improve. This practice helps them develop a deeper understanding of their thought processes and behaviors.

Through these engaging summer activities, you can help your pre-teen build strong executive functioning skills that will benefit them in all areas of life. Enjoy the summer while fostering important developmental milestones.


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