Focus as a really fun card game and cognitive remedial tool that exercises executive functioning skills: working memory, attention to detail, stamina, response inhibition, as well as sustained attention and mental shifting. For remedial purposes, Focus helps players learn to sustain attention and shift tasks. Players compete to find matching cards, but it's not as easy as it sounds! Clues in each card share the rule for that card, but different cards have different rules. For one to 4 players, this game can benefit students with ADHD, executive functioning disorder, learning disabilities, as well as the head injured and the elderly. Focus is a fabulous way to exercise attention and stamina - while having fun!
Research suggests that children aren't born with executive functioning skills, but they have the potential to develop them. Just like going to the gym strengthens the body, games that exercise executive functioning skills can improve mental capacity. According to the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, “When children have opportunities to develop executive function and self-regulation skills, individuals and society experience lifelong benefits. These skills are crucial for learning and development. They also enable positive behavior and allow us to make healthy choices for ourselves and our families.”
I now have video demonstrations of each of my executive functioning card games.
In or Out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQyoiv8HTWM
Memory Master: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PeBYnIYIRM
No Match Penguin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5EaO4mh2zQ