Executive Function Skills: Foundation for Learning and Adaptation

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Session Dates

Tuesday September 20, 2016 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM


Executive function (EF) refers to the skills needed for the conscious control of thought, action, and emotion—skills that include cognitive flexibility, working memory, and inhibitory control. These skills, which develop rapidly during early childhood, support school readiness and socioemotional competence, and more generally, they serve as a foundation for learning and adaptation across a wide range of situations. This presentation will review what is known about EF and its development in childhood, discuss how to measure EF objectively, and describe effective ways for parents, teachers, and others to support the healthy development of EF.


Participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the influence of experience on brain development and behavior
  2. Define and discuss executive function and its development in childhood
  3. Understand how executive function is measured in early childhood
  4. Identify ways to promote the healthy development of executive function

Target Audience

This training is intended for Early Intervention staff, early childhood staff, providers, home visitors, parents, and BrainSTEPS Team Members.

Individuals attending this course must arrive on time and stay the duration of the course in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individual´s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.

Topics Covered: Early Intervention

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
Infant/Toddler Staff Training Hours
No credit


Dr. Philip David Zelazo

Event Contact:


Linda Rhine