STG EF Screening Service - Now Available Online
Executive Functions: Building Blocks to Succeed.
Here is your opportunity to get results.
Perhaps you have been wondering about your child’s progress at school or at home… Or maybe you want to know why your child has difficulties with getting organized to plan things thoroughly? Or what if you have tried to convince your child’s teacher about your concerns with focus and attention and now you just don’t want to wait any longer for the school to take action?
Children with executive functions challenges most often have difficulties with working memory, mental flexibility, and (emotional) self-control. if children do not get what they need from their relationships with adults and the conditions in their environments—or (worse) if those influences are sources of stress—their skill development can be seriously delayed or impaired.
How STG defines Executive Functions
Why are Executive Functions so important?
Executive function and self-regulation skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. Just as an air traffic control system at a busy airport safely manages the arrivals and departures of many aircraft on multiple runways, the brain needs this skill set to filter distractions, prioritize tasks, set and achieve goals, and control impulses.
When children have opportunities to develop executive function and self-regulation skills, individuals and society experience lifelong benefits. These skills are crucial for learning and development. They also enable positive behavior and allow us to make healthy choices for ourselves and our families.
Common Executive Function Deficits
Executive function skills are the skills that help us establish structures and strategies for managing projects and determine the actions required to move each project forward. Children with executive function difficulties often struggle to analyze, plan, organize, schedule, and complete tasks at all — or on deadline. They misplace materials, prioritize the wrong things, and get overwhelmed by big projects.
Have you noticed these Difficulties?
Many children with Executive Function (EF) difficulties often have difficulties learning at home and at school. Yet, they are often magnificent at looking at the whole picture. They are often very perceptive and can look at all sides to a situation, rather than keeping a narrow, one-sided view. They are drawn to abstract ideas. In addition, many children with learning disabilities or ADHD also have Executive Function challenges.
How does the STG Executive Functions Screening Happen?
The STG Executive Functions Screening helps families determine whether their child is at risk for difficulties with cognitive processing. This screening is also included in the STG Assessment of Learning (a comprehensive process to determine if a child has a specific learning-related disability such as dyslexia).
Official Executive Functions Online
STG uses the only research-based standardized assessment for remote administration to determine if your child. It does not take long, your child’s participation is about 15 minutes.
Online Executive Functions Screening CAD 225
The screening appointment takes about 90 minutes, including about 15 minutes with your child doing a screening assessment. It is the responsibility of the family to obtain all the needed information prior to the appointment. After booking a screening appointment, you will be provided a checklist to take to your child's school to request the needed information.
Reading difficulties should be addressed as early as possible. The STG EF Screening appointment can be booked for children ages 6 to 16, as long as your child can pay attention to instruction provided in the online appointment.
You will need a PC, Mac, or Laptop for the Screening appointment. A phone does not work. You will need to have Zoom installed on your device as well. In addition, a quiet space and a set of ear phone for your child to do the screening are essential.
You will be emailed a link to complete the online version of the STG Executive Functions Screening Questionnaire. This questionnaire is completed by yourself. In addition, you will receive a list of optional records to obtain from your child's school. The more information you provide about your child's development, the better your examiner can assist you.
You can book the appointment right after you register, however, make sure you give yourself enough time to complete the questionnaire and obtain the information from your child's school.
First you will meet with your examiner, who is a professional highly trained in evaluating learning disabilities. Together you'll go over the questionnaire and the records from the school to determine a pattern of strengths and weaknesses that is common with learning difficulties.
Next, your child's attends the screening part of the appointment: about 15 minutes of dedicated time working together with the examiner. Your child will first practice using the ZOOM annotation tool, and then participates in the screening.
The examiner will analyze the screening results online while you wait. This might take a few minutes. Then, the examiner will discuss the results with you and connects the screening results to the findings from the questionnaire and records from the school. If deemed beneficial - for example the screening, questionnaire, and school records suggest that your child is at risk for a learning disability - your examiner might recommend further assessment through the STG Assessment of Learning Phases 2 to 5. You will receive an STG Executive Functions Screening Evaluation Note as a secure PDF within 5 days after the screening appointment.
Absolutely. The STG Executive Functions service is unique and research-based. In fact, the STG Managing Partner Dr. Chris de Feijter has been working with children with learning disabilities since the late 1990-ies and he was instrumental in getting learning disabilities recognized as a legitimate condition in Europe.
No. It is the first step to gathering essential information that might lead to a diagnosis of a specific learning disability in a later phase through the STG Assessment of Learning Service. At STG we prefer to do assessments step-by-step to prevent misguidance. For example, if your child's results on the STG Screening and background information analysis indicate no evidence of a learning disorder, the STG Examiner will recommend discontinuing the continuation of further steps. However, if there are clear indicators, your child's examiner will recommend to continue with the STG Assessment of Learning.
In some cases, your examiner would want to re-evaluate your child's performance during the screening test. But rest assured, after the final delivery of the screening results, the recording will be deleted. Please note that the recording is saved in a HIPAA compliant environment.
An examiner analysis the background information that was provided prior to the screening appointment.
The examiner asks questions for clarification and provides answers to questions parents might have.
Online Screening Assessment
The examiner works with your child to do a variety of subtests from an official standardized assessment.
Results will be discussed and a recommendation will be provided if further assessment is beneficial
Quality Care. It is our responsibility.
At STG, we provide quality care on all levels, from the moment a client books an appointment. Let us know if you have any questions!