Fall Friday Forum – An Introduction to the Executive Function Performance Test

Fall Friday Forum

An Introduction to the Executive Function Performance Test

Presenter: Barbara Rodrigues, MS, OTR/L

Friday, November 12, 2010
1:00 – 4:15 PM


San José State University
Central Classroom Building (CCB), Rm. 115

Description of Program

According to the Test Protocol Booklet ((Baum, C., Morrison, T., Hahn, M., & Edwards, D. (2003). Test Protocol Booklet: Executive Function Performance Test. St. Louis, MO: Washington University.)), the Executive Function Performance Test (EFPT) was developed utilizing the Kitchen Task Assessment as a prototype. This top-down functional assessment test is used to provide a performance-based standardized assessment of cognitive function.

The EFPT serves three purposes:

  1. to determine which executive functions are impaired;
  2. to determine an individual’s capacity for independent functioning; and
  3. to determine the amount of assistance necessary for task completion.

Four basic tasks essential for self-maintenance and independent living are examined: simple cooking, telephone use, medication management, and bill payment with task components of initiation, execution, and completion assessed.

A standardized cueing system correlates with the degree of cognitive impairment and the score, which identifies both what individuals can do and how much assistance is needed for them to carry out a task.

Literature, test booklet, and test guidelines will be reviewed. Additionally, participants will have an opportunity to practice test administration using the script and sequential cueing as outlined during the presentation. There will be time for questions and discussion.

Presenter Bio

Barbara Rodrigues, MS, OTR/L, is the Lead OTR/Program Supervisor at Dominican Hospital Behavioral Health Unit, Santa Cruz, CA, as well as a member of the POTAC Steering Committee.


Certificate of Attendance provided to qualify for 3 hours of PDUs.

POTAC and OTAC Members $25; Non-members $40; Students $5.

Please register by Tuesday, November 9. E-mail Lynne Andonian in the OT Department at San José State University at ude.usjs.asacnull@nainodnal. You may pay at the door.

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