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

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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

University of Minnesota – CEHD’s CEED partners with Reflection Sciences

by Cassandra Blohowiak The Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) has partnered with tech start-up Reflection Sciences to conduct on-site trainings on the Minnesota Executive Function Scale (MEFS) in Minnesota. The MEFS is a testing app that early educators can use to measure executive function (EF) and early learning readiness in children. It is the only early learning readiness assessment measuring […]

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The Batman Effect – How To Get Kids to Focus Using Superheroes

For young children, the importance of pretend play is more than just the ability to have fun. In a recent study by Dr. Stephanie M. Carlson, University of Minnesota Professor and Reflection Sciences CEO and Co-founder, and U of MN alums Dr. Rachel White, Dr. Emily Prager, and Catherine Schaefer, children who pretend to be […]

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OCD and Executive Function in Children

When children suffer from executive function issues, it can contribute to separate, but related, disorders. Children who have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) often struggle with executive function (EF), such as the ability to shift their attention to a new idea once they get stuck in a repetitive cycle. A child with OCD won’t necessarily experience every […]

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