Measure What Matters

MEFS software app for objectively measuring Executive Function (EF) Skills + EF Professional Development and Data Analysis Services

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.

 

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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.

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What Now?

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.

Resources

We Offer a Range of Professional Services

Parents

Build a foundation for your children with the knowledge and tools to help them learn, develop, and thrive as they grow.

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Educators

Become equipped with the Executive Function performance tests, tools, and support to gather data, interpret results, and implement positive change for your students

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Researchers

Gain access to a convenient, state-of-the-art comprehensive measure of EF, based in neuroscience and normed down to 2 years of age.

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Clinicians

Combine state-of-the-art research tools with your daily practice to help patients now and build knowledge for the future.

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Executive Function vs. Traditional Testing

IQ

EF is a better predictor of academic and other life outcomes than is IQ.

Content-Based Assessments

EF skills predict school readiness and year-to-year gains in reading and math, often better than do academic domain measures themselves.

Teacher Reports

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

Case Study – MEFS Predicts K Outcomes

The Minnesota Executive Function Scale (MEFS) is a brief, tablet-based comprehensive measure of executive function skills that is nationally normed down to 2 years of age. Reflection Sciences introduced the MEFS assessment to a consortium of independent schools to be used during the admissions process. Here’s what they found: Applicants who enrolled scored 10 points higher […]

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What Is Social Development in Early Childhood?

Social development in early childhood is an important part of a person’s overall health, wellbeing, and happiness throughout his or her life. Social development is very closely linked to cognitive and emotional development, and together these developmental markers and milestones build the foundation for developing relationships with other people, coping with stressful situations, and many […]

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What is the Importance of Pretend Play in Child Development?

How can pretend play act as an ally of healthy executive function development in young children? According to pretend play in child development expert, Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota, and Reflection Sciences Co-founder, Dr. Stephanie M. Carlson, “Play is about as ‘blueprinted’ a behavior as you can have in terms of […]

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