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WHAT

Brain Talk is a curriculum designed to teach students about their brains, and how to use critical thinking to respond mindfully rather than react impulsively. This curriculum consists of eight units that introduce key components of the brain and build the narrative of neural integration. Each unit of the Brain Talk curriculum builds upon the previous unit and includes a whiteboard animated video, along with lesson plans and accompanying materials targeted to the students with whom you working. Separate lesson plans and materials for each unit exist for early elementary, upper elementary, middle/high school, and a therapy model. An annual subscription to Brain Talk provides access to all units and curriculum materials.

 

WHO

Brain Talk is designed to be used by therapists, classroom/small group teachers and parents/caregivers. Each unit provides instructors with all necessary background information, materials, and discussion points to effectively deliver the curriculum. Brain Talk is an exceptional foundation for numerous social-emotional and cognitive-behavioral curricula. Instructors with a more significant background in brain functioning will find recommendations for ways to further explore the concepts beyond the principal Brain Talk activities.

 

WHERE & WHEN

Brain Talks serves as a wonderful introduction for many curricula that target mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and social/emotional regulation. The curriculum is created to be easily incorporated into classrooms, therapy/counseling sessions, social groups, and other learning opportunities. Each unit is designed with flexible timing, and can be taught during multiple short learning windows or expanded into longer, structured lessons.

 

WHY

Brain Talk is the “brain child” born out of a collaborative effort between a Speech-Language Pathologist and an Educational Therapist who realized that increased self-awareness and understanding of how one's brain functions is, itself, a tool for self-regulation. Supported by research showing that meta-cognition, or thinking about our thinking plays a critical role in successful decision making and learning, the Brain Talk curriculum teaches students how to be more aware of the connections between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as they relate to decision making.

 

About the Creators

Brain Talk is the result of a collaborative effort between an Educational Therapist and a Speech-Language Pathologist trying to better understand how their students’ ability to self-regulate was a reflection of their brain integration.


Carrie Lindemuth, M.Ed/ET

Carrie Lindemuth is an Educational Therapist and Social-Emotional Learning Specialist based in Oakland, CA. Focusing primarily on therapies and interventions that support self-regulation and executive function, Carrie consults and collaborates with professionals and parents in multiple arenas to support self-regulation, executive functioning, mindfulness, and brain-based education. Additionally, she provides individual executive function support and educational therapy.
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Hanna Bogen, M.S., CCC-SLP

Hanna Bogen is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Social-Cognitive Specialist based in Los Angeles, CA, with a primary focus on therapies and interventions that support self-regulation, social communication, executive functioning, and speech and language deficits. In addition to providing individual and group therapy, Hanna consults and collaborates with school and therapy teams support greater understanding of self-regulation, executive functioning, mindfulness, and social-cognitive strategies.
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Newsletter

Brain Talk is a superb new online tool that presents the essence of applied executive function in the most powerful, economic way I've ever seen. I'm in; it's the tool I've been wishing for!
-Carolyn Edwards, M.Ed., Educational Therapist & Director of Turning Point Educational Services

Brain Talk’s video clips are fun for kids and easy for parents, therapists and teachers to pick up and use. As a therapist who supports students with social regulation challenges I am grateful for this innovative, practical and powerful curriculum!
-Elizabeth Sautter, MA, CCC-SLP, Director of Communication Works

Brain Talk turns something that is so complex into something coherent, and it should be a fundamental resource that everyone considers when teaching emotional-regulation, executive functioning, and mindfulness.
-Sahra G., A.S, SLPA

Wow! I love this program! The vocabulary "doer" is such an important word in our class; I have used it so many times since the introduction to remind my students that they need to be in charge of their actions and think before doing.
-Amanda M., 3rd Grade Teacher at St. Madeleine Sophie, Bellevue, WA

I started using Brain Talk with my fifth graders; not only do they love it, but I love teaching it! As we met for our most recent lesson I heard students saying, "Boy did I have a Myg Moment this weekend!" The students are so excited and engaged!
-Gaila S., Youth Development Director at The Madeleine, Portland, OR

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