Connecting-Minds aims to help children engage, play and learn so that they can connect with others. What good is knowing information if you do not want to share it with others? Moreover, connecting with others means knowing how you think and feel as well as thinking about how someone else thinks and feels.
All of our services start with a focus on engagement. Engagement at Connecting-Minds means finding activities or experiences that help the children connect with the therapist, family or with their peers. We are not focused on means to an end reinforcement. Through engagement the child is more likely to want to learn and connect. We find the areas your child enjoys and expand on these. In therapy we focus on the child’s strengths but obviously need to be aware of developmental areas of concern. Without engagement, learning something new can be challenging. Take a minute to reflect on the last time you learned something new (and remembered it!). Were you an engaged learner? Very few people say, “Great! Let me go and tackle something that is REALLY, REALLY HARD for me to do.” However, with the right support and some intrinsic motivation, we do learn how to do tricky things.
We believe that learning should be enjoyable. Yes, academics are important and have their place, but developmentally children learn to play before they learn maths and reading. For a young child this may be learning how to stack blocks or zoom cars off a ramp, how to explore and be curious about the world around you. Gradually play evolves to playing with other children and creating imaginary lands where super cool things happen. As adults our play evolves into “socialising.” We go to sporting events, music concerts or dinners or spend time engaged in our hobbies. The point is we really never stop playing, we just play differently across time. The foundation of play is important to so many other areas of cognition and creativity. Playing also helps us engage with others, learn and share our thoughts and feelings.
We learn every day. We never stop learning. Some of us learn on one developmental trajectory and others take a different path. Connecting-Minds believes that every child has the potential to learn something new. The way we learn is important. Through meaningful engagements, we are able to create endless learning opportunities. We also acknowledge that the different areas of learning are all intertwined. We need to focus on the social, emotional, phsycial and cognitive development of the child. Sometimes we need to have greater focus in one area other times goals are spread evenly. Our programs are designed so that we can closely monitor your child’s learning goals across each session.