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Professional Development, Training, and Tools for Assessing Executive Function (EF) and Promoting the Healthy Development of EF Skills

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.

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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

Noticing Signs of Executive Function Difficulties in the Classroom

Teachers know there’s more to their job than following the curriculum and hoping students follow along. They need to be able to identify when a student is struggling and do everything they can to help them improve. In every classroom there are students who show loads of potential, but are held back by their inability […]

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Executive Function Strategies for Parents: Goldilocks Parenting

Reflection Sciences Co-founder Dr. Stephanie Carlson explains how “goldilocks” parenting, or finding techniques that are “just right” for a child’s autonomy development, affects the child’s executive function development. When parents interact with their child in a way that balances patience, helpfulness, and involvedness, the child develops the ability to reflection on choices and make decisions according to their […]

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Early Childhood Education Benefits and How to Make Them Last

The National Public Radio education blogger Elissa Nadworny explores how differences between preschools affect children. “The question is turning away from whether we should do pre-kindergarten and instead to HOW should we do pre-kindergarten…” See the full article here.

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