Problems at the discourse level of language development are evident when students experience difficulties using language to think, communicate, and/or learn. Our goal is to give children – regardless of age, gender, ability, race, gender, socioeconomic status, or culture – the literacy skills, problem solving skills, and communicative competence to be successful in school and in life.

By providing professional development training and materials for teachers, parents and specialists, MindWing Concepts helps children:

  • improve literacy skills such as comprehension, speaking, writing, and critical thinking
  • “tell their story” (narrative), convey information (expository), interact (conversation)
  • recognize the emotions and motivations of others (social emotional learning)
  • take perspective
  • construct an argument
  • build empathy
  • resolve conflicts in life.

The Story Grammar Marker® Approach and related focus areas are designed to link language to literacy by targeting “discourse development” (conversation, narratives, and expository text) through use of engaging, hands-on, multi-sensory tools and colorful, distinctive icons.

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Implementation of this Approach and instructional materials in the home, clinic, school, district, state, or at the national level supports children in making the progress in essential academic, social, and personal areas. Ultimately, we want to help children become literate, confident, healthy, independent, empathetic, happy people in their homes, schools, their communities and workplaces, and in their interpersonal relationships.

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SGM® Hybrid Implementation Kit $ 309.70
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Story Grammar Marker® Master Class — Dec 8-9, 6-9 pm EST $ 197.00
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Academic Conversations Bundle! $ 139.95
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Story Grammar Marker® Quick Start + FREE SGM Icons $ 99.95
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Braidy the StoryBraid® Quick Start + FREE Braidy Icons $ 89.95
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YouCue Feelings with SGM®’s Critical Thinking Triangle® in Action! Deluxe Set $ 79.95
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STORY GRAMMAR MARKER® Washable/Single Use Bundle $ 39.95
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HASKINS LABORATORIES at YALE UNIVERSITY used Braidy the StoryBraid® for the comprehension and expression module of a 4-year, US Office of Education Developmental Study on early literacy acquisition: “Students made an average of 1 year’s growth in reading skills after 45 hours of RtI instruction.” See Evidence-Based Research

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