The Critical Thinking Child Chicago

Lemi-Ola Erinkitola An author and award-winning educator, Erinkitola is deeply passionate about empowering parents and their children. Her tutoring and consulting practice, The Critical Thinking Child LLC, provides parent coaching and fosters students’ academic achievement through the advancement of cognitive brain development and critical thinking skills. Her brain training boot camp program was featured on ABC News. Erinkitola is also the founder and Executive Director of the Children’s Reading Foundation of Greater Chicago. There, she collaborates with community partners to provide literacy support and free books while sharing a love of reading. Additionally, she currently serves as an Ambassador for By Kids For Kids (BKFK), helping to improve educational technology and promote innovation among today’s youth.  Erinkitola is an invited conference speaker at the local, national and international levels on early literacy, gifted education, cyber safety and critical thinking. Holding a Master’s degree from Rush University in Chicago, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois and specialized training in critical thinking from the University of Edinburgh, she is also the proud mother of three gifted children. In her spare time, she enjoys creating puzzles and traveling.

Book coaching or private tutoring:

You can also meet Lemi-Ola at upcoming events:

2018 speaking events

March 22, 2018 – Chicago, IL – #IBMCyberDay4Girls!

January 18, 2018 – Chicago, IL – Bell Regional Gifted Center  – Parenting Gifted Children

2017 speaking events

December 14th 2017 -Chicago, IL – Esmond Elementary School – How  Parents Can Talk to Their Kids About Digital Safety

December 11, 2017 – Chicago, IL – Keller Regional Gifted Center – Number Sense Boot Camp

December 4-5 2017 – Nashville, TN – NICE K-12 Cybersecurity Education Conference – Spatial Thinking and Cybersecurity Education in Preschoolers and Elementary Education

November 28, 2017 – Chicago, IL – Depaul University’s 4th Annual Cyber-risk Conference

October 23, 2017 – Chicago, IL – Poe Classical School – Parent Workshop

October 21, 2017 – Chicago, IL  – What’s on the Test?Parent Information Session

October 4, 2017 – Chicago, IL  – Preschool Parent Workshop – Chicago Heights, IL

October 1-December 10th – Chicago, IL – Critical Thinking Boot Camp for Kids – Sunday Sessions

September 22 -23 2017 – Indianapolis, IN – Parent/Teacher Workshops -Pike Township

August 20, 2017 – Chicago, IL – Parent Tips on Tutoring a Cyber-Hyper Kid?

June 11-August 6th – Chicago, IL – Critical Thinking Boot Camp for Kids – Sunday Sessions

February 4th – Naperville, IL – IAGC Convention – Parent’s Day

Oct. 22nd – Dec 12 – Chicago, IL

Critical Thinking Boot Camp for Kids – Chicago, IL

Oct 21st  – Chicago, IL – What’s on the Test? Understanding CPS Gifted Testing & Admissions

Erinkitola will present alongside Grace Sawin – Chicago School GPS ( 

Preschool & Early Elementary Parents (PK-3rd) will gain answers to: Understanding of the CPS Gifted and Classical School Options, how to successfully navigate the admissions process and gifted enrichment tutoring strategies and resources. 

Oct. 14th -15th – Columbia, MO

Erinkitola will be presenting “Smart Play Teaching Techniques for Busy Parents and Educators” to educators and parents at the upcoming Gifted Association of Missouri conference. Click here to register

Erinkitola will join other educators in addressing the challenges and opportunities of cybersecurity education in elementary and secondary schools. Click here to register.

July 29 -August 14th – Chicago, IL

Critical Thinking Boot Camp for Kids – Chicago, IL

July 21-July 22 – Pasco, WA

Erinkitola was honored and spoke at the Early Learning Conference in Pasco, WA as she shares the speaker’s platform with University of Chicago’s Dana Suskind, MD, founder and director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative.

July 25th-30th – Sonoma, CA

35th International Conference on Critical Thinking and Educational Reform

“Strategies to Help Parents Foster Critical Thinking Skills of at Home.”

June 12-July 14 – Chicago, IL

Critical Thinking Boot Camp for Kids – Chicago, IL

June 7-June 9 – Park City, UT

Utah Association for Gifted Conference. Click here for conference program and handouts

April 2nd -3rd Winnetka, IL

Erinkitola is the 2016 winner of theChicago Google Apps for Education Summit Demo Slam

March 31st – Chicago, IL

Bell Elementary School – Regional Gifted Center

March 14th -15th – Athens, Georgia

Georgia Association for Gifted Conference.  Click here for conference handouts



Make the Most of Your Mind—Train Your Brain!

Critical Thinking for Success provides a wide array of cognitive services, but all of them work toward the same end: helping you use your brain to its fullest potential. Everyone naturally develops some cognitive skills more than others, but all too often you allow your less favored skills to hold you back. We help you develop those neglected skills and remove those hindrances so that you can enjoy increased success in all areas of life.

These areas cover everything from business, to academics, to sports, to relationships. Our clients include, but are not limited to: students who want mental training on how to learn and study better, business people looking to develop their organizational skills for a more effective workflow, seniors intent on maintaining brain function as they age, parents of children diagnosed with ADHD and other conditions, and athletes building discipline and performance.

Cognitive training starts with an exam to assess your strengths and weaknesses. From there, we identify what skills you most need to work on to improve the relevant areas of your life. Then we create a long-term development program that features regular one-on-one coaching sessions as well as daily exercises.

We also provide neurofeedback services to assess the brain health of individuals who’ve sustained head trauma so that we can then develop a training program for them as well.

This programming is all developed and administered by Robert “Bob” Kauffman, a licensed social worker and therapist with over 35 years of experience in the mental health field. Bob is one of the few trained practitioners of cognitive performance training in the United States, and saw the need for such a service after seeing individuals with head injuries and PTSD not growing like they should in traditional therapy.

With time and practice, we’ll help you train your brain to do things it wasn’t used to doing. It’s like working out muscles you did know you had—and you’ll soon start to improve in ways you didn’t imagine.

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