Enrichment for Parents

We know the important role that parents play in supporting the needs of learners. This is why we offer interactive and informative parent programs in the areas of perfectionism, helping kids pursue their passions, teacher partnerships, social/emotional needs, and more.

Contact us to schedule a parent workshop for your school or group.

Featured Workshop: Finding their Element

Our Parent Workshops

Usually delivered in the evening, these 1-2 hour workshops deal with issues directly related to parenting the gifted and talented. From the G/T overview, including productive partnerships and the social emotional, to the more esoteric topics like 2e, EQ, and bibliotherapy, NuMinds Enrichment will bring a research-based presentation with a hands-on component. We promise that every parent workshop will have something a parent can take and implement immediately in his/her home.

BibliotheraphySo many students identifed G/T are avid readers, lost in their own world. Now, through the use of books, you can empathize and connect with your child. The talk includes our top 10 book recommendations including deep discussion questions used as a springboard for life lessons. Bibliotherapy, Nature & Needs, S/E
Divergent ThinkingWhere many may see messy, flighty, and disorganized...parents and the perceptive educator will see a world of depth beneath the chaos. The term is typically "right brained" and there are ways of supporting this unique gift. Nature & Needs, "Right-brained," Creativity,
Gifted v. TalentedWhy Gifted AND Talented? Is there just a gifted program? How about a "talented" program? What is the difference? Can you be one without the other (gifted by not talented; talented but not gifted?) See both sides of the story and decide for yourself!Paradigms in Gifted Ed., Psychometrics, Identification and Service Design
The Enigma of IntelligenceWhat does IQ mean and how does that really impact my day-to-day relationship with my child? What constitutes a high IQ and are there any manifestations born from having a higher number?Psychometrics, Growth Mindset, EQ, SQ, IQ, Identification
Perfectionism: Excellence is the AntidotePerfectionism takes many different forms, and most gifted children struggle with some level of perfectionism. We'll show you how to properly identify the various types, and how to employ a growth mindset to combat neuroses and enjoy the sense of accomplishment deprived of those who suffer from perfectionism. Perfectionism, Growth Mindset, Attribution Theory
Power of PlayNuMinds loves to play! So we decided to crack the books and see what's out there to support our biased love of play. The results shocked us, and they'll help you see "play" in a whole different way. Paracosm, SQ, Creativity
Productive PartnershipsThis is a great starting point for parents new to gifted and talented education (GATE). From properly identifying forms of giftedness to help with advocacy, this talk is for you! Gifted Profiles, S/E, Parent & Teacher partnerships
Social IntelligenceIQ and $ ... is there a correlation? In this study of Daniel Goleman's work, we look at both Social and Emotional Intelligence to call to attention a whole different way of thinking that may be the greatest indicator of long-term success.S/E, Nature & Needs, SQ, IQ, Creativity
Solutions to the Social/Emotional PuzzleYou can postulate and argue about overexcitabilities all day, but when you see the tears and the extreme amount of pinpointed focus, you know there's something there. Let's tease it out using the work of Dabrowski and begin to build empathy for those more excitable than ourselves.S/E, Nature & Needs, Elemental Learning, Overexcitabilities
Top Tech RecommendationsSimple. There's technology for the sake of technology and then there's technology for the sake of clarity and sanity. We will bring our top 10 tech recommendations, but not a simple Google search. We only share the tech and implementation techniques that have been used directly with our students. Technology, S/E, Nature & Needs

Comprehensive Six-Session Courses

You do not have to navigate the waters of parenting a gifted child alone! Join us for lunch or in the evening once a week for six weeks, as we explore and work with issues directly related to parenting the gifted and talented. Many parents who saw our one-hour workshops wanted more, so we created these series of parent sessions. Each workshop is small, allowing for active discussion and cathartic sharing. You will grow from the experience both as a parent and as an individual.

Gifted 101Relaxed, supportive exploration of topics affecting parents of the gifted. Profiles, OEs, Perfectionism, Growth Mindset, Bibliotherapy, Organization & Habit Building, Self-Advocacy
Gifted 201Gifted 101 NOT a prerequisite! A second soiree into additional topics specific to parents of the gifted and talented. Empathy, Self-Esteem & Underachievement, Elemental Learning, Multi-potentiality, law and advocacy, Elemental Living
The Enigma of IntelligenceAs parents, we do our best to provide our children with a strong academic support system, from sports and extracurricular activities, to trips to museums and extra tutoring as needed. Of all the many variables that contribute to a child's success, there are two that seem to fall beyond our sphere of influence: their mindset and their intelligence. However, a child's mindset and intelligence is tantamount to how they view the world, problem solve, and grow into self-reliant individuals.

In this course, we begin by discussing what is meant by intelligence, and start to unravel the misconceptions that accompany this social construct. As a parent, you'll learn to view intelligence in a new way and set the foundation for fostering a growth mindset. The lessons on Growth Mindset (based on the work of Carol Dweck) will provide tools, tips, and techniques that you can use with your child immediately.
IQ, Assessment, Identification, Growth Mindset
Your True North: A Course on "Finding Your Element"Creativity researcher and philosopher Sir Ken Robinson first began to shake up the educational world with his 2009 book, The Element, in which he makes a heartfelt plea to rescue the joy, spontaneity, passion and creativity that is being methodically hammered out of our schools' curriculum and, hence, our students. Robinson’s thesis is quite simple: when we humans live, work and play in a space in which our natural talents and our spontaneous passions meet, we are happier, healthier and more fulfilled beings.

Robinson's idea spread well beyond the classrooms and halls of academia. So many people were intrigued by Robinson's concept of the Element that they asked, "Yes, let's rethink our educational system, but can WE also get some help finding our Element and everything it promises?" Robinson's generous answer was "YES" with the publication of his follow up book, Finding Your Element. In this course, Your True North: A Course on Sir Ken Robinson's Finding Your Element, we journey together through the key principles and processes Robinson suggests are crucial to finding your own element.

We'll start by assessing exactly where we are now and move a step at a time through many of the exercises, activities and ideas presented in the book. Why not just buy the book and do it yourself? Good point! We consider ourselves "curators" of the book's key concepts and in serving as guides on your own journey through the book, are like an on-call team of coaches and support staff--sherpas to help you up the mountain if you will!

More powerful yet is the community of mutual support that will develop among the travelers. Whether signing up solo or as part of a group, you'll find the signage along the path easy to read and follow but not overbearing. Set your resolve to explore new territories in your life. Ask yourself, what lies at my true north? And then contact us! We're waiting for you.
Self-development, Mindset, Elemental learning