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Executive functions: Introduction

Sasha-Gay Brown (Trauma and Attachment Advisor, Virtual School) and Dr Kate Payne (Educational Psychologist) introduce the executive function and trauma series. Executive function is an umbrella term for the interrelated cognitive processes involved in executing a task. It helps to monitor and control our thoughts and actions. Some children and young people may have had adverse experiences in their childhood resulting in trauma and attachment difficulties. This can result in a difficulty in the development of their executive function skills and therefore may impact on the cognitive processes required to achieve in school and complete everyday tasks. This video is aimed at foster carers, parents and school staff supporting children and young people who may have had adverse experiences in their early life and provides a summary of the impact of trauma on development and what executive functions are.