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Executive functions: working memory and attention

Dr Lisa Carmody and Dr Kate Payne (Educational Psychologists) introduce two components of executive functions: working memory and attention. ‘Working memory’ is the capacity to hold in mind information to carry out a task. ‘Sustained attention’  is the capacity to pay attention to a task, despite low interest or distractions. Some children or young people may have difficulty in one or more of these areas. Research tells us that providing young people with the knowledge of executive function skills and empowering them with a toolbox of strategies can be effective to support them in this area. Consequently, this video will provide foster carers, parents and school staff with activities and examples to be able to teach the child or young person in mind about working memory and attention and provide a reflective space to consider strategies to support.