The Swiss biologist Jean Piaget (1896-1980) observed and recorded the intellectual abilities of infants, children, and adolescents. Piaget’s analysis laid the groundwork for tracking the stages of mental growth. Of course, individual progress doesn‘t always follow the smooth outline Piaget described. Unexpected gaps in cognitive development, or “decalage,” are common. Some mental faculties evolve independently and advance according to discrete timelines. In fact, recent findings show that domain-specific abilities, such as mathematics, inductive reasoning, and musical skill, increase only when children integrate new learned information. Click here for a list of resources on this subject.

Our research suggests that, during the first 6 years of life, every child should spend the maximum amount of time possible in the company of supportive, nurturing parents. During these years, optimum developmental results from engaged interaction, excellent nutrition, proper medical care, and a loving, encouraging environment. Yet sometime around age 7, most children, especially gifted children, begin to experience tremendous benefits if exposed to a more sophisticated form of cognitive interaction. (Please click here for a description of child developmental stages.) Thus, we begin accepting students when they reach that age.

Our Early Development Program develops a child's innate talents and abilities. Students work to achieve proficiency with a variety of advanced thinking and reasoning skills. We are not affiliated with any school, day-care, or after-school organization.