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Executive functioning are the mental processes that help us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. Optimal executive functioning and self regulation depend on the development of working memory, mental flexibility and self control. We are not born with these skills, but are born with a potential to develop them based on our relationships with adults and environmental conditions. If these relationships and environmental conditions are a source of Toxic Stress (the result of adverse environments resulting from neglect, abuse, or violence) skill development and executive functioning can be delayed or seriously impaired.

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Executive functioning is being able to focus, hold, and work with information in mind, filter distractions, and switch gears (planning/avoiding distractions). Executive functioning can be greatly helped by practicing these things and forming positive relationships with adults and their environment. Toxic stress is something that results from negative impacts on a child (from abuse, neglect by others.. especially family). Toxic stress is caused by negative relationships with adults or an unsafe environment, which can stall the executive functioning processes. 

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