Executive Functions Assessment

The Barkley Deficits in Executive Function Scales (BDEFS) are statistically both reliable and valid. Dr. Russell Barkley, www.russellbarkley.org, an emeritus scholar and expert in ADHD, developed his adult scale over 10 years, taking another 7 years to extend it to children in 2012.

Dr. Barkley defines ADHD as self-regulation for the purpose of self-interest, and Dr. Thomas E. Brown describes ADHD as “a complex syndrome of developmental impairments of executive functions.” Dr. Barkley also speaks of these functions as executive activities “because all are self-directed and intended to alter a later consequence.” They activate our work, sustain focus, regulate alertness, modulate frustrating emotions, use working memory, and help us self-regulate and shift.
As a medical professional with years of pediatric experience, I am qualified to administer and interpret the BDEFS. I offer it to all my clients.

The BDEFS assesses capabilities and weaknesses in the major dimensions of Self-Management of Time, Self Organization and Problem Solving, Self-Restraint, Self-Motivation, and Self Activation and Concentration. Age and gender related percentiles are calculated, as well as an ADHD Index of traits most consistently found in ADHD.

The Barkley Deficits in Executive Functions Scale does not diagnose or rule out ADHD. It has little relationship to neuropsychological tests, which look at more basic moment-to-moment EF components.

The BDEFS addresses executive functions over extended time and at levels of behavioral complexity. Dr. Barkley calls his scale “ecologically valid” to indicate their relevance to everyday focus, planning, and task completion. These measures provide to clients practical information about which activities, over what time, and in which context put undue stress on executive function capabilities. In this way, self-awareness and the search for adaptive options are enhanced.

Contact me today to schedule your personal assessment.