The Nurturing Young Minds Programme utilizes the knowledge and experience of practicing teachers, whose intuitive solutions to classroom learning and behaviour problems have achieved great results. These solutions offer a model which gives teachers a way to assess needs and deliver effective solutions to help students with their unique learning and behaviour problems. They are consistent with current research and can also result in changing students’ self-limiting beliefs.
It is the aim of the NYM programme to use the latest neuroscience research, regarding executive functions of the brain, to dramatically improve children’s ability to participate in the school curriculum by engaging them through the medium of specifically designed children’s video games.
NYM includes special contributions from research work done by one of New Zealand’s leading neuroscientists, Dr. Kerry Spackman, who specialises in performance optimisation for Olympic sports men and women.
We provide a framework, based on current research, in which to view the student - which leads to an intervention along with suggested activities either with a whole class or with individual students.
The content incorporates exercises from martial arts, drama games, counselling, neuroscience and psycho-therapy, and teacher development courses. The games are designed to be fun, interactive and engaging. They involve a combination of written classroom based activities, physical outdoor exercises and drama games (where a larger space is available).