What does the Connections in Mind Foundation do?


The Connections in Mind Foundation helps people flourish

The Connections in Mind Foundation (CiMF) is a UK-based charity whose mission is to create and deliver effective, evidence-based executive function skill development programmes. We help improve educational and well-being outcomes for children, young people and adults. We work with schools, train executive function coaches and deliver projects to support individuals and parents.

Our particular focus is working with young people from a range of backgrounds, many of which are neurodiverse. Our foundation has been set up such that our offering is available to all individuals with executive function weaknesses.

Executive functions are a fundamental aspect of brain development, which have a profound impact on our learning and wellbeing. Executive function skills affect our ability to plan, organise and execute tasks efficiently. They are also involved in how we manage our emotions, self regulation, control and self awareness. These are the skills we need to flourish in life. Consequently poor executive functioning can negatively impact on academic achievement, emotional wellbeing, interpersonal relationships and job outcomes.

Every child and adult has a unique spectrum of executive function strengths and weaknesses. In addition to this normal variation, and the slow trajectory associated with maturity, students with ADHD, ADD, dyspraxia, dyslexia, autism, Asperger’s and behavioural difficulties, for example, often experience executive function challenges.

Launched in 2018, the Foundation has a four-pronged approach:

  • We work directly with children and families by offering executive function (EF) coaching as well as courses on how to support children to develop EF skills
  • We offer training to individuals who wish to become EF coaches
  • We train teachers and work with schools to embed EF skills development in the classroom
  • We raise awareness amongst education leaders, policy makers and professionals about the importance of supporting young people in developing their EF skills.

Underpinning our approach is a commitment to making support available to everyone despite low income and collaborating with researchers to break new ground and ensure our programmes are effective.

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to support children, young people and adults to develop executive function skills,
a fundamental aspect of brain development, which has a profound impact on learning and wellbeing.
These skills are needed to flourish in life, and poor executive functioning can negatively impact on
academic achievement, emotional wellbeing, interpersonal relationships and job outcomes.

We achieve this mission by raising awareness through training executive function coaches, parents
and schools; evaluating approaches to strengthen children and young people’s executive function skills;
and offering executive function coaching for children and young people from all backgrounds.

 

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