Deaf and hearing children aged between 6 and 11 years old are invited to participate in a project which investigates the Executive Function Abilities in Deaf Children. This work is being completed within the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre.
Executive Function is a broad term, which covers many different though processes including planning, memory, attention and problem solving. Children use Executive Functions (EF) in the classroom every day at school in many ways, for example:
- When switchingfrom one topic of thinking to another e.g. defining words to drawing graphs
- When they are given independent work to do they use EF to plan which task they will do first and how long they will spend on each task
- When concentrating in the classroom and learning how to ignore distracting information
- Rememberingnew information they are taught from one part of the lesson and applying it in another part, for example when learning about names for shapes of objects and use this information to work out patterns and sequences
- Coming up with new ideas for a topic when asked by the teacher
If you and your child are considering taking part in this innovative research or want further information visit the ylc webpage. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/dcal/research/themes-11-15/exe-func