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Discussion 3.2: What is executive functioning and toxic stress?
Executive functioning is enabling the brain and body to deal with multiple information and distractions at one time. This can be broken down into three skill areas: Working Memory, Inhibitory Control and Mental Flexibility. Toxic stress is
when negative events are chronic or prolonged, such as severe poverty, domestic abuse, parental mental health issues or drug/alcohol dependency, severe maternal depression, repeated abuse, or chronic neglect.
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