MindQuest: Game On! (Part 2)

MindQuest: Game On! is the most intensive group offered by MindQuest. Each participant and their parents/caregivers will set individualized goals and receive support to accomplish those goals. This is your child’s opportunity to work together with a group of gifted students to develop new productive habits. The psychology of gaming will be used to motivate and inspire change in a more exciting way.

Executive functioning skills practiced in Part 2 group sessions: Research-based strategies to improve Emotional/Behavioral Regulation (Self-Calming), Paying Attention, Flexibility, AND Part 2 groups sessions will add strategies for more executive functioning skills including reducing impulsivity, increasing task initiation and improving organization and study skills (as age appropriate).

Game On! is offered every fall to support the beginning of the school year with improved habits. Participants can repeat this group as many times as desired to work on new and individualized goals.

Go for the Epic Win!

Challenge yourself
Recruit your allies
Collect and activate power-ups
Find and battle the bad guys
Adopt a secret identity
Seek out and complete quests
Prerequisite: MindQuest: Stepping Up To Challenges (Part 1) or special permission from Anne Tyler,MS, LMFT
Included in the fees:

Six (6) group sessions of 1.25 hours each for child participants. And, parents/caregivers attend the last 20-30 minutes of each group session to give their child time to practice communicating about their goals, progress and challenges.
Extensive supportive materials for parents/caregivers and their child.
Groups for Parents/caregivers to support the implementation of goals with your child. Parents meet three times during Game On! Groups (3 sessions).

SPECIAL EXTRA

Movement and Mindfulness Games for Self-Regulation

Sean Tyler (my son) is offering movement and mindfulness game time for the first time before or after groups to increase practice time for self-regulation. All activities are designed to help participants develop more self-control and a higher level of attention and are from the curriculum that Anne Tyler is designing for the educators to use in the classroom. Sean will be teaching the kids short inspirational messages to help them remember to practice skills. He will provide a handout with the messages and ways to implement strategies at home. He will share insights from his own life. I think it is inspiring for kids to have a teen show them how to develop skills since it is much more interesting than when only coming from adults.

Sean Tyler is a 16-year old college student taking classes through PSEO. He has been involved in the MindQuest groups since they began five years ago and loves helping with the activities. He is a high potential teen with the desire to “move” and be active. He really understands the needs of the children who attend MindQuest groups. He is a volunteer at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul and with the children’s program at the Clouds in Water Zen Center. Sean is an athlete who plays lacrosse and trains in parkour/freerunning. Sean is studying in college with aspirations of teaching fitness, providing pediatric therapeutic massage, athletic training and eventually physical therapy with an emphasis in pediatrics.