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Strategies for Success for High Achieving Students: Executive Functioning Skill Development, Speaker Anne Tyler, hosted by MCGT Bloomington Chapter

March 18, 2019 at 6:30-8:00pm, MN Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 10715 Zenith Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55431

Speaker Anne Tyler, MS, LMFT

Strategies for Success for High Achieving Students: Executive Functioning Skill Development

Hosted by MCGT’s Bloomington Chapter

There are many daily tasks that can be difficult for some high achieving kids. These tasks could be challenging enough to cause a negative impact on learning, family relationships, social life and emotional or psychological health. Parents and educators often struggle with where to start to help children and teens improve these skills. Have you ever wondered why it is difficult for some kids to…

Complete easy homework without meltdowns

Get ready in the morning without distractions and stress

Calm down when asked to do simple tasks

Keep track of their things

Stick with activities and practice skills rather than quit the moment it feels challenging

Stop feeling like a failure if they miss a few questions on a test or assignment 

Learn from mistakes instead of blaming themselves or others 

Feel motivated to work on these skills 

Research has shown that a child’s impairments in executive functioning skills and a fixed mindset are often responsible for these deficits. Good executive functioning skills and a growth mindset are shown to be more important than IQ scores in determining success in daily life tasks, relationships and learning throughout the school and college years. High potential children and teens may have significant challenges with self-calming, paying attention, initiating non-preferred or challenging tasks, transitioning or keeping track of their things. And, they may have an inner dialogue that defeats their efforts to improve their mood, accomplish goals or be flexible enough to do what is expected by others. 

This seminar will provide research-based strategies that will help parents and educators coach high achieving children to increase their resilience to challenges and set-backs and to improve their ability to learn and be successful in daily life. Resources and supportive materials will be provided to implement strategies at home and school. 

Are you raising a “Tall Poppy” – aka a “Gifted Kid” – in the Southwest Twin Cities metro area? The Bloomington chapter of MCGT has been reestablished and is seeking to build community among the families of gifted kids in Bloomington and the surrounding areas. Events are open to all. Please join us to swap stories and strategies in a supportive environment and help each other navigate this fun, crazy adventure of guiding the children in our lives to maximize their potential without losing our own sanity. 

Questions? Email [email protected]