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Patti Blasco, Ph.D., lead author of "The Little Brain That Could: Understanding Executive Function in Early Childhood"

Sep 10, 2014

"As in the story of the 'Little Engine That Could' (Piper, 1954), with scaffolding and resources, young children can attempt difficult tasks through planning and setting goals. Professionals and parents can be the team reminding the child 'I think I can, I think I can,' until he or she reaches 'I know I can!' This story parallels the important journey during the preschool years as the child develops and integrates [Executive Function] capacity."

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