Using Play to Foster Executive Function

Module Description

Scientists at the National Institutes of Health suggest that “programs with active play components may be more successful in eliciting improved executive function”. This is because children are not born with skills but learn them through modelling and relationships with others. Play gives learners an opportunity to practice and refine executive functioning skills in supportive, non‑threatening settings. This module aims to equip teachers with strategies to incorporate play in a way that will help learners develop executive functioning skills.

Module Objectives

Teachers should be able to use play to foster executive function by designing an activity to promote self-control.