Brown Executive Function/Attention Scales (Brown EF/A Scales™)

Brown Executive Function/Attention Scales (Brown EF/A Scales™)

Description

Brown Executive Function/Attention Scales helps screen and assess a wider range of impairments of executive functioning. Brown EF/A Scales™ measures DSM-5 symptoms of ADHD along with less apparent impairments of executive functioning.

Brown Executive Function/Attention Scales helps screen and assess a wider range of impairments of executive functioning. Brown EF/A Scales™ measures DSM-5 symptoms of ADHD along with less apparent impairments of executive functioning.

Author:

Thomas E. Brown, PhD

Overview:

Measure DSM-5 symptoms of ADHD along with less apparent impairments of executive functioning

Age Range:

3 through adult

Scoring Option:

Digital with Q-global® web-based system or paper-and-pencil

Completion Time:

10–15 minutes

Forms:

Four: Primary/Preschool (ages 3–7); School-age (ages 8–12); Adolescent (ages 13–18); Adult (ages 19+)

Publication Date:

December 2018

ADHD is a complex impairment that impacts academic, social, emotional, and behavioral development for both children and adults. As an update to the widely used Brown ADD Scales™ the Brown EF/A Scales go beyond other measures to screen and assess a wider range of impairments of executive functioning and attention.

Some features of this revision include:

  • Fully updated norms (for ages 3 through adults)
  • New and updated test items that improve clarity and clinical relevance
  • Based on Dr. Brown’s six cluster model of executive functions
  • New parent form available for adolescents
  • Both gender-specific and combined-gender norms available for all age groups
  • Includes DSM-5 symptoms of ADHD and more
  • Digital administration and scoring available with Q-global® web based system

What makes Brown EF/A Scales different?

Helps address situational variability: The clinical presentation of ADHD is generally variable, the symptoms are situational, and the degree to which a patient exhibits them may be observed and interpreted differently by various observers.1 The Brown EF/A scales will provide a comprehensive evaluation of an individual’s ADHD symptoms by analyzing their behavior using multiple perspectives: the examinee’s self-perspective, teacher’s perspective and parents’ perspective.

Items are more specific and contextual: Patients with ADHD experience situational variability and have the ability to focus on certain activities which hold strong interest for them. The Brown EF/A scales will include items that are more specific and ask about difficulties they might encounter in a specific context, e.g. difficulty remembering what has been read (when reading is assigned, not self-selected texts).

Focus on severity as opposed to frequency: The items on the Brown EF/A scales, unlike other instruments will focus on severity of specific behaviors as opposed to frequency. This will allow examinees to directly and more accurately report symptoms they perceive to be problems.

Includes DSM-5 symptoms of ADHD and more: In addition to diagnostic criteria for ADHD defined in DSM-5, the Brown EF/A scales also assess other important aspects of executive function impairments found in persons with ADHD, but not yet included in DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for ADD/ADHD.

Based on Dr. Brown’s model of Executive Functions: The Brown EF/A scales are based on Dr. Brown’s six cluster model of executive functions that has been well recognized and explained in books and articles for more than a decade.

Executive Functions Impaired in ADD/ADHD

1 Gualtieri CT, Johnson LG. ADHD: is objective diagnosis possible? Psychiatry. 2005;2(11):44-53.

Scoring and Reporting Options

Q-global® Web-based Administration, Scoring, and Reporting – Administer assessments using our digital Q-global platform. It enables you to quickly assess and efficiently organize examinee information, generate scores, and produce accurate comprehensive reports all via the Web.

Paper Administration, Q-global Web-based Scoring and Reporting – Administer assessments using record forms and score them using our digital Q-global platform. It enables you to quickly assess and efficiently organize examinee information, generate scores, and produce accurate comprehensive reports all via the Web.

Paper Administration and Manual Scoring – Administer assessments using record forms and score them yourself with answer sheets and scoring rules mentioned in the manual.

Pre-recorded Webinars

  • ADHD: Behavior Management and Tools to Assess and Monitor Progress

    Presenter: Peter C Entwistle, PhD and Chris Huzinec, MS

    This is the second in a series of webinars focused on the subject of ADHD. Previously we presented the new criteria for a diagnosis based on DSM-V. We examined the prevalence, the severity and co-morbidity of ADHD, and the trajectory of ADHD over a lifetime. Now we will take a closer look at the treatment of ADHD, specifically the behavior management of children with the disorder. We discuss the following questions:

    • What do they need to help them succeed?
    • What are the behavioral treatments and school based interventions?
    • How can assessments be used to guide these efforts?
    • What are the findings of meta-analyses on behavioral treatment? Does it work?
    • What can be done in the classroom to help them learn?

    Lastly we will also look at rating scales, task oriented tools to assess attention and programs to boost working memory and monitor progress.

    Date: May 03, 2018

    pdf PDF: ADHD: Behavior Management and Tools to Assess and Monitor Progress

    link Video: ADHD: Behavior Management and Tools to Assess and Monitor Progress


  • Overview of the Brown EF/A Scales

    Presenter: Thomas E. Brown, PhD

    This webinar provides an introduction to the newly-updated, revised and re-normed Brown Executive Function/Attention Scales that can be used to screen, assess and monitor executive function impairments and ADHD across the lifespan. The webinar will describe new features along with administration and reporting functionalities. Dr. Brown will also explain how these unique scales address situational variability of ADHD-related executive functions in preschoolers, children, adolescents and adults.

    Date: Apr 23, 2018

    pdf PDF: Overview of the Brown EF/A Scales

    link Video: Overview of the Brown EF/A Scales