Child Development Professionals

Supporting Development of Executive Function Skills

Sure, ChoreMonster makes chores fun for parents and kids, but as a healthcare professional, you know that something much more important is going on when children learn to organize themselves and complete tasks. ChoreMonster is an effective tool to support children in developing executive function skills.

In addition to helping all children develop executive function skills, ChoreMonster provides a fun and beneficial addition to a behavior therapy program for children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other executive function weaknesses. It supports the recent research and guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association pointing to the long-term benefits of behavior therapy in treating children diagnosed with ADHD.

Talking to Parents About ChoreMonster

What is ChoreMonster? ChoreMonster is an app for iOS and Android devices that makes it easy and fun for children to complete chores. Kids can earn points by completing chores that they can turn in for real life rewards like ice cream, a camping trip, or an hour of Xbox — the parents set the rewards. What are the benefits of ChoreMonster? ChoreMonster supports the development of executive function skills in children. As children plan, organize and complete chores they are developing their working memory, self control, and mental flexibility. Research shows that participating in household chores teaches children a sense of responsibility, competence, self-reliance, and self-worth. In a recent study, Marty Rossman, emeritus associate professor of family education at the University of Minnesota, determined that the best predictor of young adults’ success in their mid-20s was that they participated in household tasks when they were three or four. ChoreMonster is entertaining for kids and simple to use for parents. It uses today’s technology — something children are very comfortable with and see as fun. How much does it cost? ChoreMonster is free to use and lets parents create chores with point values and rewards while allowing kids to complete the chores to gain the rewards. Membership also gives the child access to the Monster Carnival, which provides another level of fun and motivation.

 

 Executive Function Skills

WORKING MEMORY
Following multi-step chores without reminders — pick up your cars and put them in the toy bin. Remembering deadlines for doing chores and organizing tasks.

SELF CONTROL
Focused and sustained attention with a chore until completion (even if bored). Selective attention to avoid distractions that would take child away from chore completion.

MENTAL FLEXIBILITY
Finding new ways to accomplish chores. Overcoming obstacles to chore completion — arriving at a new strategy (negotiating with parent to do a morning chore).

 

“As a pediatric neuropsychologist, I work with children and their families on a daily basis. A consistent finding observed in many of my clients is a weakness in executive functioning, limiting a child’s ability to organize their environment, start tasks, or plan appropriately to complete future goals. I have found that ChoreMonster provides an entertaining and motivating experience which helps to structure a child’s environment resulting in improved task completion. My parents love ChoreMonster as well because they no longer have to chase after their kids to get their work done.”

Oren Boxer, Ph.D.Clinical Neuropsychologist
UCLA Clinical Faculty
Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
David Geffen School of Medicine