PARENT COURSE: A Neuroscientific Approach to Being a Parent

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Enrolled: 84 students
Duration: 6 hours
Lectures: 7
Video: 6 x 60 minute videos
Level: Beginner


Research shows that one of the best predictors of success in school and in adult life is not intelligence, but capable executive functioning. Executive function (EF) control all of our thoughts, actions, emotions and behaviour. They enable us to plan and schedule our time, make timely decisions, hold instructions in mind, get going on tasks and keep going when things are challenging.

Neuroscience research shows a clear link between strong EF skills and learning in life, yet we don’t teach children what they are or how to develop them. EF challenges can often present as emotional or behavioural challenges.

Our pioneering Connected Minds parent course is a blueprint for parenting and includes researched-based tools for children to help them lead their futures in healthy and meaningful directions. As parents, we cannot control all of the good and bad things that will happen to our children, but we can give them the tools they need to make their experiences, whether joyous or painful, opportunities for growth and success.

Our course uses the latest neuroscientific research to support parents in developing their relationship with their children first before we teach any new skills. It’s so important for young people to be involved in their own emotional and cognitive experience and learn from the behaviour that we, as parents’ model.

What the course covers:

Our six session, self-paced online course covers teaching on brain development, an outline of what the EFs are, what it looks like when they don’t work properly and how to improve them. How parents communicate with their child to teach these skills is crucially important and will be covered in some detail.

Main Features:

  • Brain development and neuroscience: Understand your child’s brain.
  • EFs through the ages: What are they and how can they be improved?
  • Training EFs in your child: Communicating with your child for real change.
  • Emotions, yours and theirs: How do they get in the way?
  • Parenting pitfalls: Why does it often go so wrong?
  • Making it work in the long term: Resilience and long-term change.

Who is this course for?

This course is for any parent or family who is seeking parenting guidance grounded in neuroscientific research. This course is also beneficial for parents who can identify, or struggle to control their emotions, with one or more of the following:

  • Forgetting tasks and homework
  • Trouble starting homework independently
  • Difficulty estimating how long a task will take
  • Being distracted easily
  • Difficulty keeping track of belongings
  • Inability to remember names and other key details
  • Trouble listening to and following instructions
  • Moving on to another task before one is finished
  • Difficulty remembering and following multi-step instructions
  • Problems understanding roles in multi-part organizations, like sports teams
  • Trouble transitioning between tasks.

Your 6 session interactive course

Connected Minds Parenting: Session 1
60 minutes
Connected Minds Parent Course – Session 1 Quiz – Which EF?
16 questions

A quick 2 minute quiz to consolidate your learning on this course

Connected Minds Parenting: Session 2
60 minutes
Connected Minds Parenting: Session 3
60 minutes
Connected Minds Parenting: Session 4
60 minutes
Connected Minds Parenting: Session 5
60 minutes
Connected Minds Parenting: Session 6
60 minutes

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Many of the parents who attend are struggling with specific areas of life with a particular child. For example, there are daily battles with homework or getting to school on time. Parents have often tried different approaches but none are working and they feel at their wits end with how to change what is becoming a stressful dynamic at home. There is time in the group to identify specific areas where the child or family is ‘stuck’ and come up with strategies to help. Parents have left saying that they learnt skills and strategies that they can apply with all of their children and even ways to manage better with their adult relationships!
Connected Parenting brings together research and expertise from a wide range of areas. It is not only a course that will help to strengthen a parent-child relationship but it will also give parents the strategies and skills to support their children’s cognitive, social and emotional development. The specific focus on cognitive development, neuroscience and executive functioning skills differentiates it from all other courses (certainly that we know of!). If you want to develop a strong relationship with your child while teaching them skills for independence and resilience,this is the right course for you.
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