Measure What Matters
Professional Development, Training, and Tools for Assessing Executive Function (EF) and Promoting the Healthy Development of EF Skills
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Help Get Kids Off to the Right Start. Measure What Matters with Reflection Sciences.
Bridge the Gap
Promoting the Healthy Development of EF Skills and a Strong Foundation for Life-Long Effective Learning.
Essential Life Skills
Reflection and Executive Function Skills Provide a Strong Foundation for Learning and Adaptation in School and Across the Lifespan
Founded in 2014 by scientists at the University of Minnesota, Reflection Sciences, Inc. provides an Executive Function (EF) test app, and tools to help promote the healthy development of this particular skillset. EF skills make it possible for children to learn effectively and efficiently in a classroom context, and they protect children against academic failure associated with poverty stress. At Reflection Sciences, we believe measuring EF should be easy and accurate, providing parents and teachers with vital information they need to make sure students have every opportunity for academic and life success.
Watch our brief video to learn more about Reflection Sciences and how the Minnesota Executive Function Scale can help your organization.
What is Executive Function?
Executive Function refers to the neurocognitive skills that are most vital to academic and life success. These skills are centered on attention, impulse control, working memory, and cognitive flexibility.
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How is Executive Function Measured?
Our goal is to do away with Executive Function assessments that take forever to complete and fail to provide parents and teachers with new information about a student's development.
Acquiring EF skills is a fundamental part of healthy human development. We provide training and tools for assessing and improving the self-regulatory skills needed to control one’s attention, thoughts, actions, and emotions.
We Offer a Range of Professional Services
Build a foundation for your children with the knowledge and tools to help them learn, develop, and thrive as they grow.
Become equipped with the Executive Function performance tests, tools, and support to gather data, interpret results, and implement positive change for your students
Gain access to a convenient, state-of-the-art comprehensive measure of EF, based in neuroscience and normed down to 2 years of age.
Combine state-of-the-art research tools with your daily practice to help patients now and build knowledge for the future.
Executive Function vs. Traditional Testing
EF is a better predictor of academic and other life outcomes than is IQ.
EF skills predict school readiness and year-to-year gains in reading and math, often better than do academic domain measures themselves.
Unlike time-consuming teacher reports, which require teachers to observe their students for weeks or months, EF skills can be assessed quickly (~4 min) and at any time-- even prior to school entry.
News & Events
How the Batman Effect Impacts Executive Function + Child Development
In her research, Dr. Stephanie Carlson has been able to help children to improve their executive function skills by encouraging them to pretend to be someone more competent than themselves, like Batman. She talks about this phenomenon, called psychological distancing, in an interview with Ginny from the Understood.org Team. See the interview here!
Parent Newsletter – Quarter 3: September 2016 Issue 1.2
See our second Parent Newsletter here: September 2016 Q3 v1.2
Executive Function Skills in Montessori Education: Measuring Success
Measuring Results in Montessori Education with “Executive Function” Life Skills Even during their first years, children acquire many skills which prepare them for later life. Based on extensive research, Executive Function capabilities are key developments in the preschool years. Sometimes called the “air traffic controller of your brain,” Executive Function is the set of neurocognitive […]