MindQuest

 

Executive Functioning Skills Development
Groups for High Potential Students

MindQuest: Stepping up to Challenges
(Part 1 – Introduction)

MindQuest: Stepping Up To Challenges groups are in their 8th season. These popular groups have a uniquely dynamic games-based format designed to engage intense and sensitive gifted students to develop executive functioning skills. Rave reviews and results keep these groups going and growing! Special themed skills development groups include LEGOS, Star Wars, Minecraft and Pokémon Go.

Executive functioning skills practiced in Part 1 group sessions: Research-based strategies to improve Emotional/Behavioral Regulation (Self-Calming), Paying Attention, Flexibility Special topics and areas of skills development:

  • Mindfulness practices – self-calming, mindful listening and mindful talking
  • What is a challenge? Handling the frustration of having to practice non-preferred tasks.
  • Unique intensities, sensitivities and sensory challenges, and the social and emotional needs of giftedness
  • Brain science of learning, stress reduction and promoting happiness and confidence
  • Social skills and self-advocacy

Included in the fees:

  • Six (6) group sessions of 1.25 hours each for child participants. And, parents/caregivers attend the last 10 minutes of each group session to learn about what their child accomplished and their child is given the chance to practice communicating about their insights.
  • Extensive supportive materials for parents/caregivers and their child.
  • Recorded webinars for parents providing in-depth information about executive functioning and gifted children and how to create a family calm plan.

MindQuest: Game On!
(Part 2 – Intensive)

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!

  1. Challenge yourself
  2. Recruit your allies
  3. Collect and activate power-ups
  4. Find and battle the bad guys
  5. Adopt a secret identity
  6. Seek out and complete quests
  7. 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).

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Comments from past participants:

My child “looked forward to going every week- he liked it! He also thought it was cool to learn about the different parts of the brain.”

It was helpful to learn “how the brain works and why he feels certain ways, then showing choices for reacting differently.”

It was helpful to “Understand how his brain works and knowing that he is not alone.”

My child “is helping his sister calm down when she gets frustrated, and using positive self-talk.”

Note: It is important to note that both MindQuest: Challenges and Game On are skills development groups and not therapy or behavioral management groups. If your child has significant behavioral challenges this may not be the group for them at this time. If your child shows significant behavioral problems, they may not be able to continue and you will be offered more appropriate resources for your child to help them with behavioral challenges.

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Coming soon…

MindQuest: DeCypher

(Part 3 – Groups)
Get Notified when group is offered next

Learning the Social Code for Working in Groups

Does your bright kid have trouble working in groups? Has their teacher told you that they don’t do well when doing a group project? Would they rather do all the work on their own, withdraw from groups, or do they get annoyed or upset at others when they don’t do what they want?

Working in groups is a crucial skill that determines the success of your child as they get older. And, problems working with others can be a common problem for some gifted kids. But, often there is very little time for coaching at school to give kids who need regular help with these skills the support and strategies they need to be more successful.

MindQuest: DeCypher groups will challenge the participants to solve mysteries by working together in small groups. The participants are given instructions on how to communicate more effectively and respectfully, problem-solve and negotiate their ideas with others. They will learn strategies to increase their positive self-talk and their ability to share helpful comments when working in groups. There will be instruction and practice on how to handle impulsive emotional reactions. They will receive coaching as they complete the mysteries and the group members will learn how to develop more empathy towards each other.

This group is a continuation of MindQuest Part 1: Stepping Up to Challenges, where participants learned about regulating their emotions and behaviors and paying attention. This group will continue to work on those skills in addition to specialized group social skills.

Prerequisite: MindQuest: Stepping Up To Challenges (Part 1) or special permission from Anne Tyler, MS, LMFT

MindQuest: DeCypher: Get Notified when group is offered next.

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