We were so frustrated with our son!  At 13 years old, he should be able to follow more than one direction at a time.  When we are giving directions, he should not have to stare at us like we were speaking an unknown language.  We were starting to get concerned for his future when we realized that simple tasks were going undone because he “forgot”.  It would be different if he had a disrespectful attitude, or a rebellious spirit, but he didn’t!   This went beyond just the regular teen issues.  There was something wrong, so I started doing the research! 

There were several things I found that helped us see some amazing results.   I learned some new words, like executive functions, neurodevelopmental, and working memory.   I’d love to share a few of the resources that helped us!

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Executive Functions

Wikipedia says that Executive Functions are “a set of cognitive processes that are necessary for the cognitive control of behavior: selecting and successfully monitoring behaviors that facilitate the attainment of chosen goals.”

Here are some resources to help you understand this concept a little better.  

10 different posters with different Executive Functions and their definitions will help remind you daily to practice the life skills needed to be successful in life.  They will also brighten the walls!  Take some time to focus on these skills and encourage your whole family.

Working Memory

Working Memory is the ability to hold information in your memory while doing other tasks.  You use working memory to do things like paying attention to a set of directions, learning to read or spell, having an in-depth conversation, or following through on tasks.

Working Memory Digit Cards can be used with any age to help improve your working memory.  We have seen such an amazing improvement in our children, in many different areas.  These cards include how to test what level you’re on, how to use the cards, and what level you need for certain tasks.  5 different levels are included in this pdf pack!

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Neurodevelopmental Approach to Education

Through all my research, this approach seems to have the answers I was looking for.  We used Little Giant Steps to take our developmental goals a bit further and we have been more than impressed. 

They say, “Since 1992, Little Giant Steps has provided life-changing solutions for accelerating learning, memory and functional abilities in individuals of all ages through in-home NeuroDevelopmental brain training programs and products.”

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2 thoughts on “Best Resources for Brain Development & Life Skills”

  1. I’m not familiar with the books noted here on Executive Function or Working Memory, but I am familiar with Little Giant Steps. I’ve learned a lot from Little Giant Steps and have been doing some of the activities with my kids (ages 14&16). I was wondering why you think neurodevelopment has helped your children more than the other methods. Thanks for the article!

    1. That’s a great question, Carol! I think the best way to answer it is because the neurodevelopmental approach gets to the root of the problem. It really changes the way their brain works, rather than just trying to fix the symptoms. We’ve been trying to “fix” things for years, but this is the first time we’ve seen real results. Huge blessing!

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