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Cognitive-Motor Activities For Better Executive Function, Self-Regulation & Learning in Children

Updated: Feb 3

Over the past 20 years, we have developed engaging cognitive-motor & executive function activities to help clinicians and educators who work with neurodiverse children to stimulate self-regulation, self-control, response inhibition, attention, and memory.

Current studies on the relationship between executive function and emergent academic skills in preschoolers, kindergartners, and older children have shown that executive function significantly relates to both mathematics and literacy skills (Blair and Razza, 2007; McClelland et al., 2014; Roebers et al., 2012; Mulder et. al., 2017; Cortez-Pasqual et al., 2019). Further, self-regulation and response inhibition are two of the factors most highly associated with positive cognitive, social, and behavioral outcomes in early elementary students (Eisenberg, et al., 2010; McClelland et al., 2021). In our work, we enjoy teaching clinicians and educators activities to engage cognitive, self-regulation, and social-emotional skills in children.

In our recent Advanced Training in Executive Functions we met with occupational therapists, speech therapists, educators, psychologists, and parents to:

  • Learn how to prime your student's brain for learning with 5-minute cognitive-motor activities.

  • Implement progress monitoring with the cognitive-motor skill tracking forms we use in our clinical practice.

  • Learn how to engage your students in "Cognitive Conversations" about self-control, attention, and memory.

  • Understand effective coaching strategies for better attention, memory, organization, planning and task completion.

  • Bring cognitive coaching and cognitive-motor activities to your school or clinic.

The Advanced 2-Day Course is now available digitally for you to watch at your leisure. In this 12-hour course you will learn the cognitive coaching and rapid neural activation exercises we use in clinical practice to stimulate executive functions.

A warm thank you to Tarwater Elementary School, The Royce Family, the Wellington-Alexander Center Team and the educators at St. Francis Xavier Elementary School for filming the videos that bring motor-cognition to students and classrooms worldwide.

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