An Integrative Health Approach to Promoting Wellness in Gifted Children


MCGT’s RAVE chapter is hosting a presentation by Dr. Andrea Johnson

An Integrative Health Approach to Promoting Wellness in Gifted Children

Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Time: 7:00 to 8:30
Location: Blackhawk Middle School, Lecture Room, 1540 Deerwood Dr., Eagan, MN 55122. The lecture room is accessed from the parking lot adjacent to the Deerwood elementary school.

Gifted kids have unique neurobiology which can impact their overall health and wellbeing. Integrative health looks at the whole person, lifestyle factors that influence health, and seeks to not just treat but to optimize health by connecting body, mind, spirit and community. We will discuss seven areas of integrative care: nutrition, environment, sleep, movement, relationships, resiliency, and spirituality and how they impact wellbeing. We will then look at evidence based integrative strategies such as mindfulness, meditation, food/nutrients, aromatherapy, and exercise to address common gifted traits and promote optimal health for gifted children. Participants will leave with an integrative lens to view gifted children and new tools to support them.

Dr. Andrea Johnson is a clinical psychologist with a background in neuropsychology and has been working with kids for 30 years. She has a private practice in Edina, MN and specializes in working with gifted kids and their families. She has worked or trained at Mayo Clinic, the U of MN, Children’s Hospitals in Denver and Minneapolis, and the MN Department of Health, Children’s Mental Health. She recently completed the Integrative Health and Lifestyles program through the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine. She is also the parent of gifted kids.

This event is open to both MCGT members and non-members. Please feel free to share information about this presentation with anyone who might be interested.