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Children

Why do children come to see Dr. Markus?

Their parents and teachers notice a discrepancy between their test taking ability and daily performance.

The children's program focuses on the process of learning, moving children from passive recipients of information to active generators of ideas. Dr. Markus's exercises teach new ways of processing information which can be applied in school as well as every aspect of their lives.

Students gain better problem solving abilities and learn alternative strategies for decision making, as well as logical thinking and organizational skills. These skills all lead to better study habits, test-taking skills, and grades. The program helps provide insight and competence in difficult school subjects and helps students identify their analytical strengths and weaknesses. In addition, the successes they achieve in this program increase their self-esteem and confidence.

When parents recognize the following learning behaviors they contact Dr. Markus to enroll their child in her Learning How to Learn Program.

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  • My child doesn’t like school

  • My child cannot think or perform on their own.

  • My child isn't organized.

  • My child has trouble learning math.

  • My child has difficulty organizing their thoughts either verbally or in writing.

  • My child has low self-esteem.

  • My child hasn't learned how to learn.

  • My child has no intellectual curiosity.

  • My child can't do mental math.

  • My child doesn't speak up in class.

  • My child doesn't ask or answer questions in class.

  • My child is not motivated to learn.

  • My child doesn't like to read.

  • My child won't stop playing video games.

  • My child has horrible handwriting.

  • My child won't study.

  • My child doesn't perform well on tests.

 
 

Adolescents

The adolescent's program focuses on the process of learning, moving adolescents from passive recipients of information to active generators of ideas. The exercises teach new ways of processing information which can then be applied in school as well as every aspect of their lives.

Students gain better problem solving abilities and alternative strategies for decision making, and they learn logical thinking and organizational skills. These skills all lead to better study habits, test-taking abilities, and improved grades. The program helps provide insight and competence in difficult school subjects and helps students identify their analytical strengths and weaknesses. In addition, the successes they achieve in this program increases their self-esteem and confidence.

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Individuals in this program work on basic exercises involving:

  • Comparisons/Contrasts

  • Analogies

  • Analytical perception (part/whole relationships)

  • Progressions

  • Functions

 
 

Aging Brain - Preserving Brain Power

Why do aging adults come to see Dr. Markus?

  • They feel "out of the loop" and want to maintain an interest in life and new things.

  • They want to learn the underlying skills they need to learn and use new technologies.

  • They have difficulty remembering new things.

  • They have trouble attending to details.

  • They want to regenerate their ability to take risks.

  • They have difficulty multitasking.

  • They have problems going from one task to the next.

  • They want to stimulate their visual perception.

Research has shown that like other muscles brain function is a use it or lose it proposition. The more aging adults challenge and use their minds the more agile their brains remain. The aging adult program is designed to help older individuals improve their mental flexibility, problem solving and memory. Aging adults who have worked with Dr. Markus say that they concentrate better, have become better communicators, and feel more confident in their ability to handle their day-to-day lives.

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These are screenshots of Progressions Exercises:

 
 

Professionals

Professionals indicate they benefit from Designs for Strong Minds™. The recurring questions that professional ask themselves are:

  • How can I be better organized?

  • How can I work smarter not harder?

  • How can I maintain my competitive edge?

  • How do I delegate responsibilities?

  • How can I reduce stress?

  • How can I move from one activity to another without forgeting important details?

  • How can I communicate my ideas?

  • How do I change careers?

  • How do I learn a new skill?

  • How do I work better in a team?

  • How can I learn to embrace changes?

  • How can I manage with uncertainty?

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Many of the most successful professionals often feel like they're missing something. They feel as though they're stalled in their careers or that some missing piece of the puzzle would help them succeed even further. Most professionals play to their strengths, but Designs for Strong Minds™ helps them strengthen their weaknesses.

 

Corporate Training

NASA Critical Thinking Training Program Customized for Corporate Training

• Build the fundamental analytical skills to problem-solve in new ways to maximize creativity and innovation.

• Individuals learn to be BOTH efficient (do things right) AND effective (do the right thing).

• Perpetuate life-long learning by exploring the meaning and practice of shifting perspectives - a key factor to influencing how others think, organize information and communicate.

• Success is seductive. It lulls us into using the same paradigm repeatedly, even when the situations and goals are different.

• Create a more nimble brain - ready to find new pathways, to connect and re-connect, create solutions where only problems once existed.

• Minimize excessive stress (the stress that is recognized as being healthy is stress related to solving a problem or a challenge with the range of your abilities) usually limits the opportunity to generate alternatives.


 
 

Testimonials

Aleksa - Student
Aleksa started the Learning How to Learn Program two months ago. Since she began the program, we have noticed that Aleksa has developed an awareness of order in the universe. She has demonstrated an increased awareness of time, direction in space and how things are organized in relation to hierarchy. Almost overnight, she has become interested in which direction she is traveling, how long a trip will take, and if we estimated correctly. She is more aware of her environment and notices when something needs to be done, without being asked.

Aleksa reports that she noticed that homework is easier now. In fact she approaches homework with a much better attitude, and perseveres through longer assignments without getting frustrated. Consequently, her self confidence has improved. We are thrilled with Aleksa's progress in such a short amount of time.

 

Rachel - Student
The first time my family met Dr. Donalee Markus we were struggling emotionally with our daughter Rachel. We were at our wits end and Doctors told us she needed to be medicated. At age 4 ½ we knew that was the wrong path for her. After the first evaluation Donalee turned to us and said, “She’s great, I can help and she will calm down”. My husband just sat there stunned and I cried. This was the first person who said they could help, this was the first time someone could see her potential. You see through all the difficult times, we didn’t realize Rachel was very bright – Donalee Markus did.

Rachel from the beginning tested Donalee and the environment. The first several sessions she sat under the table and wouldn’t come out. Donalee respected Rachel and slowly engaged her to participate. With love, patience and coaching Rachel began to work on the puzzles Donalee created. At first she resisted them and eventually couldn’t get enough. It was the first time, for Rachel, that someone understood how her brain worked and how it needed to perform better.

Right in front of our eyes, we watched Rachel begin to socialize, calm down, build her self-esteem/confidence and want to participate in the world around her. She truly blossomed into a unique and beautiful girl, the child we knew she was. Today Rachel is coaching other students, attends a private gifted school and is truly happy. Her experience was so successful that her brother and mother (me) joined the program. I guess at the end of the day, we could all use a little retraining of the brain. Thank you Donalee and staff for your dedication to the needs of children greater than any pill could give. We are truly blessed.