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Managing Stress Through Mindfulness

Given the sensitivities gifted children have, and the many stressors associated with social distancing, methods for dealing with stress can be very beneficial. Research has found that mindfulness can be a powerful tool for supporting gifted learners in managing their intensities and sensitivities. Now more than ever is a good time to look at integrating some of these practices into our lives. There is no "one" way to approach mindful practices, it's more about finding something that works for you. Here are some ideas to support you in developing some mindful routines for your sheltered days.

Practices to Ponder
Mindful Routines
• Focus attention on a sound or tone
• Take three deep breaths (in through the nose and out through the mouth)
• Sit in silence without expectation
• Savor experiences in nature
• Scan the body for tension or tight spots
• Use affirmations intentionally directed toward self or others
• Savor the moment using your senses
• Accept the present moment
• Walk with intention
• Practice yoga
• Create a routine of physical activity
• Explore creative arts or something you can lose yourself in – draw, paint, bake, journal, do puzzles, garden...

What are some of the mindful practices you have found for yourself?


Ricks Center for Gifted Children is an innovative leader and model for gifted learning.

Ricks' mission is to empower intellectually gifted children to thrive and achieve their full potential. ​

​We purposefully uncover and tap into students' interests in order to spark and fuel the passion in their minds. ​

We nurture both the intellect and heart, opening new worlds for our students, and preparing them to do more and go further than they ever thought possible, both now and in the future.

This is Ricksfinity!

admissions update

We are currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year for Preschool - 8th grade.  Please visit our admissions page or email for more information or to schedule a virtual tour.  

save the date for summer at ricks

Summer at Ricks

Summer at Ricks blends fun summer activities with rich learning experiences all while enjoying the benefits of the University of Denver Campus.  

Campers entering preschool to sixth grade will enjoy weekly themes and specialty camps ranging from Life Sized Games, Tiny Chef, Wild Wild West, Rocket Science, Play-Well Lego engineering camps, Cardboard Challenge, and more.

We are excited to announce our 2020 Summer at Ricks camp offerings!

Week-long camps: June 22–Aug 7,  8:30am–3:30pm*

*Extended day available

For more information email Maggie Wright or to click here to register. 

In their own words

"My favorite thing about Ricks Center is that you never have a day without doing something awesome."

 - Ella, age 8

"The teachers always find a way to get us interested and challenge us, so that we are always learning."

-Holden, Age 13

"They help me feel proud because they help me through the work that I need to do, and it just makes me feel proud of myself like I can do anything."

-Tilly, age 8