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NEW! Intensive, Seminar-Style Workshops at the Ely Center in Boston Area!

We are very excited to announce MindWing Concepts' new affiliation with the Ely Center in Newton, Massachusetts! The Ely Center, LLC is a Speech and Language therapy center with a special concentration and expertise in social cognitive development. This summer, the Ely Center moved to a larger location to accommodate its growth. The Ely Center and MindWing Concepts have formed an affiliation, giving MindWing the amazing opportunity to conduct intensive workshops on-site at the Ely Center that are open to the public. Throughout the year, workshops will be available at the Ely Center on Story Grammar Marker®, Braidy the StoryBraid®, Talk to Write, Write to Learn™, ThemeMaker®, The "Core" of the Core (CCSS), Integrating Technology with MindWing's Tools and the Autism-Social Communication Collection. Also offered will be the new SGM® Certification Module I. Please note: As always, we contract with schools, school districts, agencies and professional organizations and can provide workshops on these topics ON SITE. We travel throughout the United States and internationally to provide ON SITE professional development. If interested, please click here to Request A Proposal

What is unique about these "intensives"?

  1. Convenient location! The Ely Center is located in the Auburndale section of Newton, MA – at the crossroads of Interstate 95 and the Massachusetts Turnpike (90). It is 25 minutes from Boston Logan International Airport and 17 minutes from Downtown Boston. It is a 3 hour drive from New York City and 1 ½ hours from Hartford, CT. It is a quick 1 hour flight from the Baltimore/Washington DC area as well as from eastern Canada.
  2. Small groups and individual attention! These intensive workshops are limited to 16 participants and are in a seminar-style format with Maryellen Rooney Moreau, M.Ed. CCC-SLP, creator of Story Grammar Marker®, as the presenter.
  3. Workshops will be specific! Many times our workshops that are held in school settings cover a range of student ages, abilities, learning differences and subject areas. These workshops will be specialized and geared to goals and needs of participants.
  4. Observation opportunities! Workshop participants will have the chance to observe SLPs at the Ely Center in therapy sessions using MindWing’s methodology and tools also available will be video demonstrations.
  5. Story Grammar Marker® Certification Module I! In addition to specific, intensive workshops, MindWing will be offering Certification Workshops. There is an application and pre-requisites for participation in this Certification Module. For details CLICK HERE for a description and application.
MindWing Intensives at the Ely Center
  # of Participants Quantity
Cost OR # of Intensives Discount
$350.00 1 $350.00
$350.00 2 $595.00
$350.00 3 $840.00
$350.00 4 $1,050.00
$350.00 5 $1225.00
$350.00 6 $1,365.00
$350.00 7 $1,470.00

When are the intensives being held?

Click Here for a CALENDAR of Ely Center Intensives!

What is the cost?

Fees for the Ely Center Intensives are to the right. Registration is available:

Quantity discounts are for people signing up as a GROUP (friends, colleagues or multiple participants from a school district). Example, if 7 participants register as a group the SAVINGS is almost $1,000!! (Please note: If an individual wishes to register for multiple Intensives, please contact us at 888.228.9746 and we can apply the same discount.)

Please note: The SGM® Certification Module I is excluded from the quantity discount. The cost of the SGM® Certification Module I is $795.00 per participant. Click here to apply. Your application is not a registration. Your application will be reviewed and then you will be contacted to confirm your participation.


What are the topics of the Intensives that are being offered?

Story Grammar Marker® Certification Module I

This session is now FULL. Please click here to apply and be considered for our Spring Session – date tbd.

All Grades – Elementary through Middle/high school Included:

What is covered in SGM® Certification Module I?

This certification module will cover MindWing's methodology from early childhood (Braidy®) to elementary (SGM®), writing (Talk to Write™), expository text (ThemeMaker®) at the middle school level, Autism and social communication, make connections to the Common Core State Standards and data collection. The major focus will be how to use MindWing's methodology to provide instruction and intervention, while supporting the Common Core State Standards and using data collection tools to monitor progress. The intention of this Module is for participants to have to ability to use this methodology at an expert level with students and clients as well as be able to mentor and in-service within a school district about the foundations of MindWing's methodology.

Who is this Certification Module for?

What is the cost?

The cost of the SGM® Certification Module I is $795.00 per participant. Again, this application (below) is not a registration and does not commit you to attending the Certification Module I. Your application (below) will be reviewed and then you will be contacted to confirm your acceptance and you can decide whether or not to register.

How can I apply?

CLICK HERE for an application. Please note: this application does not commit you to attending the Certification Module. Your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted regarding registration.


September 23, 2013, 9:00am-5:30pm at The Ely Center in Newton, MA

Help Me Tell My Story! Academic and Social Communication Success with Braidy the StoryBraid®

Appropriate for Grades PreK - Grade 1
Included: Braidy the StoryBraid® Manual (Value $75)

This intensive teaches MindWing’s hands-on approach for fostering the oral language development necessary for young children’s progress and achievement in talk, listening comprehension, writing/drawing, play, critical thinking and social-emotional growth. Using Braidy the StoryBraid® with children’s literature, this developmental approach can be used during Read Alouds & Think Alouds to scaffold storytelling by facilitating sequencing and generating “Wh” questions. It helps to increase awareness of feelings, motivations & plans of characters as well as body language, facial expressions & tone of voice.  Participants will also learn how to use Braidy®’s methodology as a positive behavioral support, for transitions & routines in the classroom, perspective-taking and conflict resolution. Braidy® provides a child-friendly, concrete representation of the narrative episode (stories) and can be used for expository text structures of description, list, sequence, cause/effect and problem solving in real life and in informational books. Participants will work with both narrative development and expository text using Braidy® tools.

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September 30, 2013, 9:00am-5:30pm at The Ely Center in Newton, MA

The “Core” of the Core – Supporting Common Core State Standards Using Story Grammar Marker® & Related Methodology

Appropriate for Elementary Grades
Included: BOOK- The “Core” of the Core – Supporting Common Core State Standards Using Story Grammar Marker® & Related Methodology (Value $55.95)

This intensive will focus on how to integrate narrative and expository text using MindWing’s methodology to support specific aspects of the Common Core State Standards. The Story Grammar Marker®, ThemeMaker® and related methodology can be used to support speaking, listening, reading, writing and thinking. In this intensive, participants will learn how to help students develop “communicative competence” fundamental to the Common Core State Standards which includes the ability to:

The link between literacy and language development is at the “discourse” level of language which is made up of narration, conversation and exposition (the SGM® and ThemeMaker® are vehicles for these components). In order for students to meet the requirements of the Common Core State Standards, the development of speaking and listening skills – particularly at the discourse level - is essential.

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October 7, 2013, 9:00am-5:30pm at The Ely Center in Newton, MA

Think, Communicate and Learn with Story Grammar Marker®

Appropriate for Grades 2-5
Included: Story Grammar Marker® Manual (Value $75)

The central focus of this intensive is the Story Grammar Marker® which has been used to help children to think, communicate and learn since 1991. The SGM® methodology explicitly delineates 7 stages of narrative development in iconic form and includes the literate language features (“story sparkle”) that accompany these stages that serve to advance narrative thought and expression. In this intensive, participants will use this methodology with children’s literature to analyze narrative macrostructure & microstructure. Through activities related to story structure, perspective-taking and making connections, participants will learn how to improve oral language development, writing, comprehension and social communication. The Critical Thinking Triangle® (CTT®), which is a concrete representation of how we think, feel and plan (often a missing link in traditional story maps and graphic organizers) helps students share thoughts, stories and ideas in social interaction and in writing at school (or work). It is also the thought process behind Theory of Mind and problem solving. The CTT® provides a hands-on way of thinking about and communicating: the “main idea” of the story, the “perspective” in the social situation and the “voice” in written expression. Participants will also explore assessment, data collection and progress monitoring measures for informing instruction for narrative intervention.

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October 21, 2013, 9:00am-5:30pm at The Ely Center in Newton, MA

Integrating Technology Tools with Braidy, The Storybraid®, SGM® and ThemeMaker®

Appropriate for elementary grades
Included: FREE SGM® Ipad App

This intensive workshop will show you how to select and integrate apps for iPad with MindWing’s methodology. The presenters will provide in-depth work with the Narrative Developmental Sequence (Stages 1-5) from the descriptive level (stage 1) of character and setting all the way through to the complete episode (stage 5) of a story. Narrative discourse is complex, involving thinking, language and social communication simultaneously. Narrative intervention using picture books, Story Grammar Marker® maps and MindWing’s low-tech manipulatives have been very effective in improving student outcomes. Apps can also serve as part of a narrative intervention program, as they present visual, interactive and creative contexts through which students can understand and form stories. Participants will learn to examine app features to select apps that scaffold narrative language development through intervention using Apps, in conjunction with children’s literature, Story Grammar Marker® maps and manipulatives. Each Stage of Narrative Development will be discussed and Apps at each stage will be demonstrated using Apps such as: The SGM® App, Pic Collage, Buildo Rescue, Tellagami, Emotionary and Toontastic. The Narrative Developmental Sequence provides a framework for intervention in the areas of critical thinking, expression of stories and experiences, writing and social situations, and various apps can be utilized for each stage in context.

Along with the Stages of Narrative Development, corresponding expository text structures will also be examined. For example, Action Sequences involving character, setting and series of actions correspond with “Sequencing,” an expository text structure that can be explored in the context of curriculum content:  a timeline in social studies, a series of steps in a science experiment or simply following directions. The 7 expository text structures of description, list, sequence, cause/effect, problem/solution, compare/contrast and persuasion/argument will be explored with Apps allowing students to interact with and visualize information, such as: Popplet, Educreations Interactive Whiteboard and Corkulous in conjunction with ThemeMaker™ maps and manipulatives.

Combining Apps, Story Grammar Marker® & ThemeMaker® tools, children’s literature, expository selections and manipulatives is an engaging way to improve students’ oral expression, social communication, writing and comprehension.

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November 19, 2013, 9:00am-5:30pm at The Ely Center in Newton, MA

Beyond Stories: Comprehension and Expression of Expository Text Using ThemeMaker®

Appropriate for Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Included: ThemeMaker® Manual (Value: $75)

This intensive will include application of the ThemeMaker® instructional and intervention materials to science & social studies chapters, the internet, technical texts and research articles. The ThemeMaker® is a uniquely designed approach to help students visualize, organize, comprehend and write non-fiction/informational/expository material. Beginning with a foundation in narrative development as found in novels and literature, a strong focus will be on the 7 primary expository text structures found in content area text: description, list, sequence, cause/effect, problem solution, opinion/persuasion/argument and compare/contract. Participants will learn a hands-on way to teach how to:  

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December 9, 2013, 9:00am-5:30pm at The Ely Center in Newton, MA

Writing Across the Curriculum and Throughout Content Areas with Talk to Write, Write to Learn™

Appropriate for Grades 2-6
Included: Talk to Write, Write to Learn™ Manual

This intensive focuses on MindWing’s Talk to Write, Write to Learn™ (TTW, WTL™) methodology which was designed for use within any existing writing program to develop the oral language abilities necessary as a foundation for writing of both narrative and expository text. Participants will learn how to provide the tools necessary for their students to write:

Using TTW,WTL™ participants will learn how to teach the writing process: planning/prewriting/thinking, drafting, draft conferencing, revising, post conferencing, sharing, publishing, editing and edit conferencing. This intensive will also include working with “A Day In the Park” Student Activity Booklet™ which is the unique, hands-on, activity-based approach of TTW, WTL™. It contains self-paced activities and art that instruct students in the beginning stages of narrative development and writing. TTW, WTL™ helps children strengthen the relationship among oral language, comprehension and writing of both narrative and expository text. Narrative literature and expository pieces will play a large role in this intensive as a way to support writing through modeling, sharing, interacting and guiding thus leading students to independence.

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December 16, 2013, 9:00am-5:30pm at The Ely Center in Newton, MA

Story-Based Intervention to Improve Social Communication for Children with Autism & Social Learning Challenges 

Appropriate for elementary grades
Incudes: BOOKS - It’s All About the Story, Making Connections and Facilitating Relationships

“Story-Based Intervention” was cited as one of eleven established treatments for autism.” (Findings and Conclusions Report, National Standards Project, United States National Autism Center, 2009)

This intensive will focus on Story-Based (or Narrative) Intervention, which is needed when students have social communication, developmental or learning challenges and experience difficulty using language to think, communicate and learn. The “narrative” (story) is the human mode of thought. As an integral part of social communication, it is how we share our ideas, plans, dreams, memories and beliefs in social interaction at school, home or work. Participants will learn how to help their children/clients:

Story Grammar Marker® methodology will be used in conjunction with Six-Second-Stories®, Cumulative Narrative Chunking™, Social Thinking® and Social Stories®. Participants will learn how use the concepts in the included books to help children with Autism, social communication and social learning challenges to reach academic and social success.

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