The Empowered Learner is led by renowned neuro-behaviorist Mary Turos. This interactive online course combines Mary’s 20 years of research to help children become successful students. Through 10-weeks, you will learn easy-to-implement tools to help your child set realistic, achievable goals that:
Create harmony in your child’s life
Alleviate family stress
Empower your child to be self-reliant
Build long-term solutions children can use throughout life
Foster efficient learning skills
Improve executive function
Why you need this course:
Hi, I’m ‘brain coach’ Mary Turos. I using strategies based in neuroscience to help children achieve academic and personal goals.
During the past 20 years, I’ve worked with thousands of students and families to bring harmony into their lives – especially kids in crisis.
I’ve compiled and simplified research from neuroscience, psychology, and mindfulness, to create this unique online course. It will teach parents and students how to set achievable goals,
We’ll work together to set the foundation for positive changes your child can use throughout life.
I look forward to getting to know you and your child.
This course is for you if you:
Want a proven program to help your child make a positive change in behavior and academics
May be skeptical, but are open to learning and trying something new
Have a child with anxiety or stress and would like them to reach goals without impacting their emotional, physical or psychological well-being
Feel overwhelmed that your child is not achieving and you’re not sure where to begin
Would like support and to engage with a like-minded community
Have a child struggling with academics, isn’t well rested, and constantly feels the pressure of life’s tasks
Are an educator or supportive family member
Feel your child may have a learning challenge that isn’t being addressed
This course is NOT for you if you:
As a parent, are not willing to make small changes to your routine
Are looking for a simple, short-term solution to 'fix' your child
Want to use this online course to replace your child’s therapist or psychologist
Our 10-week course is geared towards parents and caregivers.
*topic sequence may change
Executive Functions: Our Brain's Conductor
The first introduction to executive functions and how they impact learning. We'll address setting up a study area for better learning and organization, how to promote independence in your student, and how to identify and manage school-related stress and anxiety.
How to Make it Stick: The Science of Learning and Why What We're Doing Now Doesn't Work
Week 2 focuses on research-based practices for improving learning and study skills, specifically how to prepare for tests and quizzes using active study strategies such as self-testing and practice. How to make learning "stick" and why what most people do doesn't really work.
Sleep, Nutrition, Exercise, and Calming the Mind: The Ultimate Happy Pill
Research shows nutrition, sleep routines, and stress all affect the developing brain. We give practical strategies to overcome challenges such as: refusing to cooperate in the morning, problems from not listening or not paying attention, 'losing it' over seemingly small situations, and resisting sleep or having difficulty sleeping.
Dropping the F-bomb: Why Failure is My Favorite Word
A look at why embracing failure and allowing children to make mistakes is a critical part of the learning process. Why being too highly responsive to a child's needs (helicopter parenting) can create fear of failure, where a child won't challenge him/herself academically.
How to a Build A Child's Capacity for Literacy & the Language of Math
We explore the science behind reading and how the neural basis for reading changes as we grow. Kids can make deeper meaning and basic inferences from what they read through concrete strategies. We will explore the language of math and the importance of reading comprehension for strong math skills.
The Teenage Brain: Yes! Your Teen is (Driving You) Crazy!
Between hormones, neurotransmitters, and the brain's rewiring, the teenage years often create a period of stress and emotional upheaval. However, these years also offer a wonderful opportunity to harness the brain's restructuring and strengthening connections that lead to empowerment. Learn how this rewiring affects mood changes, strange responses, irrational reactions, and other odd behaviors that are completely normal and necessary to grow into adulthood.
Never Good Enough: Cultivating a Growth Mindset
We will examine the impact of negative thoughts in kids and the importance of developing a growth mindset. Learn practical ways children can change the internal dialogue about not being good enough and language that encourages a growth mindset.
How the Brain Learns: A Deeper Dive Into Executive Functions
Continued discussion of executive functions and how the brain learns. Week 8 explores children with special needs, high intelligence, and learning disabilities. Learn tools to promote self-control through verbalization and the neural basis for these behavior patterns. Further discussion and tools for avoiding 'helicopter' parenting.
How to Calm Your Brain: Is stress our friend, foe or frenemy:
Are you stressed? Do you get stressed thinking about stress? Does the need to relax actually stress you out more? In our hyperbusy society, we all know a calm brain is more productive and supports a healthy lifestyle, but how can we achieve it? And what does that even mean? We will investigate healthy stress, behaviors that support a healthy sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, and how to get out of our own way as we work towards our goals.
Defrag Your Brain: How to Manage Your Mind in a Distracted World
Further discussion of executive functions including the impact of anxiety and stress on children. How to identify stress and how children can calm their brain. Adults will learn to model a calm brain, even when faced with difficult situations. Topical discussion of distraction and its impact on productivity and effectiveness. Why we struggle with distraction, the impact of technology, and how to take cognitive control by simplifying and incorporating 'old school' activities.