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Executive function assessments

We provide executive function assessments for children and young people who may be having difficulties within education.

Who is suitable for an executive function assessment?

Executive function summarises a combination of mental skills and processes which help you to organise, carry out multiple tasks at once and pay attention. Children and young people who could benefit from an executive function assessment would display difficulties with some of the following:

If you would like to find out more about our executive function assessments then please contact us to talk to a member of our team.

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A child completing a subtest of the WPPSI as part of an executive function assessment

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What are the benefits of an executive function assessment?

An executive function assessment identifies areas of strengths and difficulties which brings the following benefits:

Through a comprehensive understanding of needs, adaptations and support strategies can be put in place to help children and young people to be happy, safe and ready for life’s challenges.

What happens prior to an executive function assessment?

An executive function assessment can be carried out following an initial discussion, please see our process below.

Our process

At HSR Psychology we ensure that we meet the needs of children and young people. To achieve this we ensure that any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work, is only carried out following an initial discussion.

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Having an initial discussion ensures any services we provide appropriately identify or address needs.

Our process for any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work is as follows:

Step 1: Contact us

We will usually be contacted by the child or young person, parent or carer, or another professional (eg education or health).

You can contact us or complete a referral

Step 2: Arrange an initial discussion

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion

Step 3: Review our recommendations

Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:

  • Next steps recommendations - to provide a bespoke package of support. For example:
    • Assessments
    • Reports
    • Information gathering
    • Meeting
    • Interventions
    • Consultancy
    • Reviews
  • Costing - we will provide costings for any services recommended.

Step 4: Let's get started

On receipt of the next steps recommendations and costing you can decide how to proceed. Once you have decided contact us to arrange the chosen services.

What happens during an executive function assessment?

During an executive function assessment, a child or young person would complete a number of puzzles or tasks whilst talking about their learning. The executive function assessment will take place in a room with reduced distractions, meaning that we should be able to gain an accurate representation of executive function.

Which executive function assessments do we use?

The specific executive function assessments used will be chosen based on the child or young person and their needs. The main executive function assessments we use are:

  • BRIEF2 - Behaviour rating inventory of executive function can be used with children and young people aged 5-18 and measures; behavior regulation, emotion regulation, and cognitive regulation
  • NEPSY - A neuropsychological development assessment which measures; executive functioning, attention, memory and learning, sensorimotor functioning, visuospatial processing
  • BADS-C - Behavioural assessment of the dysexecutive syndrome in children measures aspects of the dysexecutive syndrome, including; inflexibility and perseveration, novel problem solving, impulsivity, planning, moderating behaviour based on feedback
  • D-KEFS - Delis-Kaplan executive function system® can be used on individuals aged 8 or over and it measures; flexibility of thinking, inhibition, problem solving, planning, impulse control, concept formation, abstract thinking and creativity
  • CAS2 - Cognitive assessment system measures the following areas; planning, attention, simultaneous, successive and ineffectiveness
  • WPPSI-IV - Wechsler preschool and primary scale of intelligence when used in relation to executive functioning can measure; visual spatial, working memory, fluid reasoning, processing speed, non-verbal and general ability
  • WMRS - Working memory rating scale can be used for the early identification of working memory difficulties which would impact learning on ages 5-11
  • Conners-3 - The Conners-3 measures; executive functioning, learning problems, schoolwork / grades, and includes a ten item ADHD index
  • WAIS-IV - Wechsler adult intelligence scale can measure; reasoning, retention of information, processing information, organisation of information, verbal comprehension

There may be alternative assessments and methods to assess executive function and these will be discussed before the assessment takes place if necessary.

What happens after an executive function assessment?

Following an executive function assessment we will be able to provide detailed information about a child or young person’s executive functioning. This information will include areas of strengths and difficulties, which can be used to support with learning. We provide follow up services to offer constructive support.

Does an executive function assessment come with a report?

We offer a variety of reports for an executive function assessment. A bespoke report is available which can vary based on length or purpose. Read more about the types of reports we can provide.

Executive functioning can impact a broad range of areas which is why an accurate assessment can help to identify areas of strength and difficulties. Understanding these areas can help to put structured support into place to help children and young people to become happy, safe and ready for life’s challenges. To arrange an initial discussion or to find out more please contact us.

Arrange an initial discussion.....

Arrange an initial discussion to find out how we can benefit your education setting. The initial discussion lasts 2 hours and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £195.

  • No waiting lists
  • Experienced psychologists
  • Includes recommendation summary

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Ready to get started? The next step is to speak to our team to find out more about the services we provide and how we can help. Call us on 0161 820 9229 or email

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