Executive Function Tools: Part 4 of a 4-Part Series on Anxiety in the Brain

This is the final of a four-part series on how to help children with anxiety by finding its source in the brain. The executive system, located in the neocortex of the brain, is the last to develop. This system is responsible for all that we choose to do, such as talk, run, and play Uno. The most evolved part of the neocortex is the prefrontal cortex. Anxiety originating in the executive function often stems from its underutilization. The following are tools to reduce childhood anxiety by getting the prefrontal cortex into gear: ​ Responsibility Anxiety often comes from lack of confidence and a sense of disempowerment. Responsibility gives children a sense of purpose and lets them contribute

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