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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.
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 to Be a Better Mentor: Improve Executive Function with Reflection
Joseph Angaran, national Check & Connect trainer at the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota, explains the power of ‘pausing’ to enhance EF and mentor efficacy. Reflection, which refers to the ability to “notice challenges, pause, consider options, and put things into context prior to responding”, supports healthy academic, social, and emotional […]
Executive Function and Autism
When children have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), they process information much differently from typically developing children. These kids tend to notice the details of a situation but have trouble organizing and retrieving them later on. Problems with executive function in autism are common, and they can affect certain cognitive abilities. Children with autism may […]
How to Improve Early Childhood Education: Help Teachers De-Stress
A new report out this month: 46% of teachers say they feel high daily stress. Roughly 50% agree that “stress and disappointments involved in teaching at this school aren’t really worth it.” What helps? Mindfulness. Patricia Jennings, Associate Professor of Education in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, mindfulness practitioner of more […]