Welcome to the Executive Functioning Competency Screener (EFCS)

by Dr. Erica Warren
  • Powerful, online executive functioning screener.
  • Comprehensive learner reports.
  • Personalized user dashboard for individual and group analytics.
  • Advanced executive functioning training, support, and resources.

What is the EFCS & EFCS Junior Screener?

The EFCS is a valuable resource for assessing executive functioning skills and for defining specific remedial approaches. Designed by Dr. Erica Warren, this screener identifies the likelihood of an executive functioning disorder and also provides insights into specific executive functioning skills across the domains of working memory, inhibitory control, cognitive flexibility, and higher-level executive functions. A detailed report provides visual data, explanations, and remedial resources, while an online, user dashboard provides group analytics and greater insight into each learner's unique challenges. Finally, for those who want to learn more about executive functioning, we also offer a rich array of training videos, podcasts, and handouts.

Our goal is to assist individuals, educators, clinicians, and coaches in understanding and addressing the challenges related to executive functioning skills and determining if formal testing, cognitive remediation, or coaching is needed. By doing so, we aim to enhance overall functioning and success in various aspects of life, including education, work, and daily tasks.

Who Takes these Screeners?

A learner's strengths, challenges, and needs can be holistically assessed by gaining perspective from multiple individuals. Using this collective approach, the learner receives targeted support and strategies that can optimize their academic performance.
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Learner

The screener is suitable for learners aged 5-8 (EFCS Junior) and those 9 & above (EFCS). Young learners and those with learning challenges should have adult assistance for clarification during the screening, however, adults should not answer items on the learner's behalf.

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Parent

Parents can fill out the EFCS Junior for their children. However, if they choose to take the EFCS, their children should also take it individually for accurate triangulation. This approach is beneficial as parents might identify challenges that children themselves might not notice or express.

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Teacher

Teachers with in-depth knowledge of a student's behavior and performance can also complete the EFCS Junior or EFCS on the student's behalf. This complements the student's self-assessment, allowing teachers to pinpoint specific challenges observed in the classroom.

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Professional

Professionals who know a student well can also fill out the EFCS Junior or EFCS. Their distinct viewpoint offers extra insight, identifying specific challenges seen in individual sessions, and can either supplement or validate the student's own assessment.

EFCS Junior (5-8) Explored

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Working Memory (WM)
Working memory is a piece of executive functions that is responsible for:
  • Learning new information
  • Visual and auditory recall
  • Simple mental manipulation
  • Pattern recognition
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Response Inhibition (RI)
Response Inhibition is a piece of Inhibitory Control that is responsible for:
  • Action control
  • Selective attention
  • Thought control
  • Social cognition
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Cognitive Flexibility (CF)
Cognitive Flexibility is an executive function that is responsible for:
  • Thinking flexibly
  • Trying new things or approaches
  • Handling transitions
  • Overcoming mistakes
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Emotional Regulation (ER)
Emotional Regulation is a piece of Inhibitory Control that is responsible for:
  • Emotional control
  • Emotion Identification
  • Behavior control
  • Delayed gratification
  • Stress management

EFCS (9 & Above) Explored

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Working Memory (WM)
Working memory is a piece of executive functions that is responsible for:
  • Encoding information and knowledge
  • Memory storage and maintenance
  • Mental manipulation
  • Retrieval and updating information from memory
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Inhibitory Control (IC)
Inhibitory Control is a piece of executive functions that is responsible for:
  • Interference control
  • Metacognition
  • Inhibition of responses
  • Emotional regulation
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Cognitive Flexibility (CF)
Cognitive Flexibility is an executive function that is responsible for:
  • Mental shifting
  • Adaptation
  • Accommodating different perspectives
  • Employing different strategies or approaches
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Higher Level EF
Higher-level executive functions unites the tools of WM, IC, and CF and is responsible for:
  • Strategic planning and organizing
  • Time management and scheduling
  • Decision making and problem solving

EFCS Tier System

In the user dashboard, PRO and ELITE members can access the EFCS Tier System. This offers a simple way to assign licences and screener credits. It can be used to define clear roles and privileges across four primary user types: Administrators, Supervisors, Teachers, and Learners.
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Advantages

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Research-Based Approach

With years of in-practice testing, a thorough literature review, and attention to current EF diagnostic criteria, the EFCS is a simple, reliable tool that supports student learning.

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Comprehensive Processing Profiles

Gain a deeper understanding of each student's unique executive functioning capabilities. Then create and deliver lessons and academic support with confidence.

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Neurodiverse Teaching Practices

Embrace inclusive teaching practices by accessing our library of training resources..

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Real-time Progress Monitoring

Adapt teaching methods to accommodate the needs of the classroom. Then tailor remedial support individually or in groups to address the specific needs of each student.

Advanced Reporting & Analytics

Once the screeners have been completed, a comprehensive yet user-friendly online dashboard allows you to review both individual and group results. Data are compared across schools, classes, or selected individuals, identifying trends and correlations. This provides insight into group needs and the specific needs of individual outliers.

Click the buttons below to view a sample report and an overview of the user dashboard.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The EFCS Junior is designed specifically for young learners aged 5-8, as well as for individuals with significant developmental delays. Additionally, the screener items have been carefully reworded and adapted to be more appropriate and relatable for children in this age group. It is intended to be taken by an adult or adults who are closely involved with the child's care and development. In contrast, the EFCS is tailored for learners aged 9 and above. This assessment can be completed by the learner themselves. Additionally, a parent, teacher, or other professional can also take the EFCS on behalf of a student to gain additional insights into their learning and development.

Both the EFCS Junior and the EFCS offer 20 items.

Both versions take about 7-10 minutes.

Yes, the user dashboard offers a training section with videos, downloadable handouts, and podcasts. If you are looking for comprehensive training and remedial materials, you can also consider Dr. Warren’s advanced course: Developing Executive Functions & Study Strategies: A Comprehensive Approach.

If you sign up for one of our PRO or ELITE packages, you will be granted a user dashboard. As soon as an assessment is taken, the results will be available for your review. Furthermore, you will have access to additional student data and reports as well as group and class comparisons and analytics.

Whether you are a homeschooling parent, or just eager to support your child’s learning, the EFCS Junior or EFCS is a great tool to help uncover the best remedial approaches. Also, if you sign up for the Family PRO, you will have access to the user dashboard that offers further student data, family graphs, and analytics as well as a suite of training materials.

Anyone can use the EFCS. Whether you are a therapist, tutor, teacher, parent, or other professional who wants to quickly uncover the best way to support the executive functioning needs of a client or learner, we’ve got you covered.

Download: User Guide

Yes.
  • In the user dashboard, select the Individual Report tab on the top menu.
  • Select a learner to view their report.
  • Scroll to the heading: Add/Edit comments and signature.
  • Select button titled: Add Comments.
  • When done you will be able to view your comments and signature at the end of the report.

Testimonials

I am the principal of a middle school and we introduced the EFCS during our summer program. It has transformed the way we approach executive functioning in our students. The in-depth analysis it provides has allowed us to identify specific areas where individual students need help, and the practical strategies suggested by the platform have been invaluable. EFCS is definitely a game changer!.

- Laura R., Middle School Principal

" As a private educational therapist, the EFCS has become an essential tool in my practice. The screener is easy to use and the results are insightful. It has guided me in providing targeted strategies to my students, which they have found tremendously beneficial. I highly recommend EFCS to any professional in the field!"

- Dr. Ben M., Educational Therapist

I'm an occupational therapist and I've found the EFCS to be an indispensable resource. The research-based approach of the EFCS gives me confidence that I'm providing my student clients with a reliable resource. The user-friendly interface makes it easy to implement, and the comprehensive screening report provides a clear direction for creating personalized intervention strategies. EFCS has quickly become a cornerstone of my consulting practice.

- Anna J., Education Consultant

As a special education teacher, I've struggled to find a comprehensive and reliable tool for screening executive functioning... until I found EFCS. The screener's detailed assessments have allowed us to better understand the unique needs of each student and develop tailored support strategies. The improvements we've seen in our students' executive functioning skills have been significant.

- Mike T., Special Ed Teacher

As an tutor with a packed schedule, EFCS has been a lifesaver. It has streamlined my intake, making it easier and faster to identify executive functioning issues in my learners. The recommendations it provides have proven very effective in my approach. My students have shown significant improvement in managing their tasks and behaviors. Kudos to the EFCS team for this amazing tool!

- Fiona C., Occupational Therapist

As a homeschooling parent, I found the EFCS to be a valuable asset. It has provided me with a clear understanding of my children's executive functioning skills and areas where they need support.

- John G., Homeschooling Parent

EFCS Plan Options

BASIC

Take the EFCS.
Receive Individual EFCS Junior or EFCS Reports
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PRO

BASIC
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Utilize the online user dashboard.
Access all reports and review analytics.
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ELITE

PRO
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Access training videos, downloads, and podcasts.
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EFCS Junior and EFCS Pricing

Single User - BASIC

$30

  • 1 screener
  • 1 report via email
  • EF learning resources

Family/Teacher - PRO

$100
($25.00 per assessment)

  • 4 screeners
  • 4 reports
  • 1 user dashboard license
  • Group or family comparisons
  • Annual access *

Practitioner - ELITE

$220
($22.00 per assessment)

  • 10 screeners
  • 10 reports
  • Family comparisons for consultations
  • 2 user dashboard licenses
  • Learner comparisons for group work
  • Annual access to training library and resources **

Small School - ELITE

$2,000
($20.00 per assessment)

  • 100 assessments
  • 100 comprehensive reports
  • Access to User Dashboard and Reports
  • 10 User Dashboard licenses
  • Learner comparisons for group work
  • Library of training resources

Large School

$7,500
($15.00 per assessment)

  • 500 screeners
  • 500 reports
  • Access to online classroom dashboard
  • 50 user dashboard licenses
  • Learner comparisons for group work
  • Annual access to training library and resources **

500+ Learners Annually

Call for Pricing

  • 500 screeners
  • 500 reports
  • Access to online classroom dashboard
  • 50 user dashboard licenses
  • Learner comparisons for group work
  • Annual access to training library and resources **
  • EF Master consultation with Dr. Warren