Susan Kaiser Greenland, blog contributor for The Huffington Post, is an ardent supporter for mindfulness training.  There is evidence that mindfulness training, or activities that promote concentration to focus on just one thing at a time, enhances a child’s executive function.  Executive function is a set of brain processes related to attention that include the ability to focus on one thing and to shift attention when needed when trying to achieve a goal.  They are the skills that children use all the time and “require monitoring and shifting their attention, remembering information, and self-regulation.”  Executive function is a strong predictor of success in school.  Greenland asserts that parents and teachers can use mindfulness training to help children to attain higher executive function and, thereby, be more successful in school.

In her recent post, “Executive Function = Success,” Greenland offers many suggestions about what adults can do to help their children improve executive function: