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Get started with Executive Function

Get started with Executive Function, the root of academic and social emotional skill development.  Prepare your organization for greater success.

Try the award-winning MEFS App™ today!

Executive Function

Get started with Executive Function, the root of academic and social emotional skill development.  Prepare your organization for greater success.

Try the award-winning MEFS App™ today!

What is Executive Function?

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As illustrated in the EF Tree of Success, Executive Function (EF) directly correlates to academic success and socioemotional learning. Often called the air traffic controller of the mind, Executive Function is a key set of brain-based skills required for impulse control in children. In fact, Executive Function can be a better predictor of academic and social-emotional skills than traditional IQ tests. Executive Function, unlike IQ, can also be improved through reflection and practice. In short, Executive Function is one of the most important set of skills that children need to acquire in order to succeed in life.

There Are Three General Skills That Fall Under Executive Function:

Cognitive Flexibility, Working Memory & Inhibitory Control

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Cognitive Flexibility

Thinking about something in multiple ways. For example, considering someone else’s perspective on a situation, or a different way to solve a problem.

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Working Memory

Holding information in mind so it can be used to guide behavior. For example, keeping a question in mind in order to formulate an answer.

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Inhibitory Control

Ignoring distractions and inhibiting impulsive responses. For example, paying attention to a teacher and resisting a side conversation with a friend.

Why Measure Executive Function?

Executive Function can be a better predictor of academic and social-emotional skills than traditional IQ tests. It can also be improved through reflection and practice. Executive Function supports the process of learning including: focusing, remembering, planning, reading, writing & computation.

“Research on the developing brain shows us that early childhood experiences build the foundation for a skilled workforce, a responsible community, and a thriving economy. A new evidence base has identified a set of skills that are essential for school achievement, for the preparation and adaptability of our future workforce, and for avoiding a wide range of population health problems.” – from the Center of the Developing Child, Harvard University 

3 Step Process to Improve SEL in Every Student

To maximize every child’s potential for success, Reflection Sciences encourages implementation of our 3 Step Process – Professional Development, Assessment, and Intervention Activities. Step 1 (Professional Development) will provide the foundational knowledge of Executive Function. Step 2 (the MEFS App™) is the reliable and valid assessment of the students. Step 3 (Intervention Activities) provides simple tools and games to improve Executive Function. Get started today!

UNDERSTAND

Professional Development

Reflection Sciences offers a variety of professional development courses centered around the understanding, measurement, and improvement of Executive Function.

MEASURE

MEFS App™

Our award-winning MEFS App™ is research reliable and valid down to age 24 months. MEFS provides a direct score of Executive Function in approximately 5 minutes or less. Children love the game-like app!

IMPROVE

Activities

From digital games, to downloadable guides, Reflection Sciences and its reputable partners offer Executive Function activity strategies for students of all ages in a variety of means

Executive Function & Social Development: What’s the connection?

Executive Function skills are consistently associated with social development. Individuals with better Executive Function skills are better able to understand someone else’s perspective and beliefs, as well as predict the behavior of others in a social setting. One form of social cognition associated with Executive Function is called Theory of Mind. Having a developed ‘Theory of Mind’ means having an understanding that people have their own thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and opinions. Individuals also possess their own mental states that might or might not align with reality or with someone else’s mental state.

There is an implied connection between a preschooler’s ability to demonstrate their Theory of Mind and the development of executive functioning skills. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics states that much like early Executive Function skills, healthy early childhood social-emotional development is essential for educational readiness, social well-being, and preventive mental health.

“Theory of mind” is the understanding that peoples’ actions are caused by idiosyncratic mental states like beliefs, desires, and intentions.”

-Wellman, H. M. (1990). The Child ‘s Theory of Mind. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

What your organization gets with their Reflection Sciences Plan

Free Plan

For Individual Classrooms

Premium Plan

For B2B Customers

What your organization gets with their Reflection Sciences Plan

Features

Free Plan

For Individual Classrooms

Premium Plan

For B2B Customers

Basic Executive Function (EF) and Introductory Assessment Training (60 minutes)

Executive Function MEFS Certification
Access to the Assessment App (Android, iOs)

EFgo™

MEFS™

Children Assessed

Up to 35

Unlimited

Individual Child Report

Free Classroom Activity (Bear/Dragon)

Personalized Activities Recommendations

Classroom Student Average View
Classroom / Group Reports
District / Organization Reports
Roster Upload
Assessment Data Export

Advanced Research Data Export / Trials

Priority Support

Premium Products

Available with respective plan(s)

Upgrades Available

For Classrooms

Premium Plan

For B2B Customers

Executive Function MEFS Certification

Professional Development

RS Activities Guide

Partner Activities

Consulting / Advanced Data Analysis

RS Provides Examiners for Professional Development + MEFS Deployment/Assessment