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It is important for all students to be challenged and stretched intellectually. Instruction in a typical classroom is geared toward the students who are of average intelligence. These students make up about 80% of the group. Roughly 10% are below average and are often provided with special assistance. In this way they have an equal opportunity to learn and master the content, thereby affording them the same chance that their peers have to learn something new.  Gifted children make up the other 10% of the classroom population. All too often these students are told to sit quietly and read or are used as the teacher’s special helper when they have completed their work. Occasionally they are given an enrichment activity to complete but only after they have finished their “regular” work.

 Most intellectually gifted students enter their classrooms on the first day of school able to demonstrate mastery of at least 80% of what they will be taught that year.  Is it right to expect them to sit still for 900-1,000 hours ( the equivalent of a typical school year), waiting for those elusive new skills and bundles of knowledge to present themselves? Of course not. Just like their same aged peers, don't they have the right to enter their schools each day, happily anticipating the new things they will learn? Yes of course!

Parents need to know the kinds of reasonable accommodations and modifications they should seek from their local schools. More often than not they need an advocate, someone who is willing to communicate on their behalf and or accompany them to meetings at the school. Remarkable Minds will happily provide this service.

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Sometimes our daughter seems like a strange being from another planet and we just don't understand her. We live more than 200 miles from your base in Chattanooga, TN. Can you help us?

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We are happy to Skype with clients outside our immediate area or to speak on the phone. If you wish to cover our travel we will be pleased to come to you.

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If we need you to advocate for us in a meeting with our child’s school but live across the country, can you participate in the meeting by Skype?

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Virtual meetings have proven to be an effective way for us to advocate for our clients who are geographically distanced from us. Face to face meetings are always preferable but when they aren't possible, virtual meetings can be effective.

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How long will you work with us? 

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Some families use our services for 2-3 months and others for more than a year. It depends on your needs and the needs of your child.

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We are homeschooling our children and we think both of them are gifted. We use a curriculum that we like but don't think they are really being challenged. Can you help us?

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We will happily help you create lessons that will challenge your children, suggest books that are age appropriate yet challenging, and teach you various ways to evaluate their learning. We can also provide gifted services to your children, stretching their brains with logic activities, deductive reasoning, and more, as well as stimulating their imaginations with flexible and fluent thinking in ways that are outside their normal curriculum.

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Our son has been identified as intellectually gifted but he is barely passing his classes.. He just doesn't seem to want to excel. It's frustrating for us because we know he has the ability to do great things. Can you help us understand what's going on with him and help him want to do better?

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Underachieving gifted students are a source of frustration for parents and teachers alike. We will be happy to confer with you and your son to gain insight into your expectations and his, as well as to try to ascertain the reasons for the gaps between you. We will want to speak with his teachers in order to see what his school life is like. It may also be important to ensure that there are no medical impediments to his success. Once we have all of the pieces of the puzzle put together we will work with you, your son and his teachers to put together a plan that can lead him toward success and happiness. We will help you monitor his improvement and show you ways to help him stay on track.
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