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Below are the upcoming workshops that Kathy Johnson is giving. If she is not coming to your area, why not hire her for your next professional development?


5 Fun Activities to Improve Attention, Memory and Processing Speed


Bring your children, ages 6 to 18 for a fun evening about the brain. At any age, our brains can improve so that we can learn easier, shorten homework time, and get better jobs. Kathy Johnson of Pyramid of Potential will show you how to change your brain to overcome various obstacles. Put this on your calendar because this is going to be fun!

Saratoga Springs Public Library

March 13, 2014 6:30-8pm

Free and open to the public



The following professional development workshops are sponsored by PESI. If one is not coming to your area, but you would like to see this workshop, on April 30 the workshop will be aired live via webcast.Click here for more information.

Thursday, February 27, 2014 in CEDAR RAPIDS, IA

Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia: An Integrated Approach
Friday, February 28, 2014 in DES MOINES, IA

Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia: An Integrated Approach
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 in ST CLOUD, MN

Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia: An Integrated Approach
Thursday, March 20, 2014 in ROSEVILLE, MN

Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia: An Integrated Approach
Friday, March 21, 2014 in BLOOMINGTON, MN

Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia: An Integrated Approach
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 in LOUISVILLE, KY

Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia: An Integrated Approach
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 in BLUE ASH, OH

Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia: An Integrated Approach
Thursday, April 10, 2014 in COLUMBUS, OH

Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia: An Integrated Approach
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 in OKLAHOMA CITY, OK

Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia: An Integrated Approach
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 in DALLAS, TX

Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia: An Integrated Approach
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 in RICHMOND, VA

Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia: An Integrated Approach
Thursday, May 08, 2014 in CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia: An Integrated Approach
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 in TEMECULA, CA

Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia: An Integrated Approach
Thursday, May 22, 2014 in CARLSBAD, CA

Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia: An Integrated Approach
Wednesday, June 04, 2014 in HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ

Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia: An Integrated Approach
Thursday, June 05, 2014 in PARSIPPANY, NJ

If you aren't near any of these on-site professional development conferences, consider the following:

Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia: An Integrated Approach 
Price: $169.99  Author: Kathy Johnson, MS Ed.
Format: DVD

Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia: Brain Development Causes & Remediation
Speaker: Kathy Johnson, MS Ed.
  • Video Webcast (4/30/2014) - $169.99
  • Buy It - $169.99
  • Rent It - $99.99
  • Rent It - $99.99

Math - word problems and explaining processes
February 26, 2014

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The brain is experience dependent. A child must have opportunities to move, explore and use all senses to create the connections that physically wires and grows a healthy brain.

©Worldwide Brain Team, 2014

Pyramid of Potential Series Exercises are now available as apps for your iPhone or iPad!

For more information, see below the main article today.

Dear All,

It's been a busy couple of weeks. Last week I traveled to Missouri and Illinois; this week I am in Iowa. I certainly get to see much of the country and a lot of different weather in my travels! 

Below this article, be sure to read about an upcoming conference put on by Equipping Minds and Carol and Kyle Brown in Danville, Kentucky. They use the same approach as I do - a not to miss conference if you are a professional in the field!


Math - explaining processes and understanding word problems


According to Learning Disabilities of America, at, the following are signs and symptoms of dyscalculia:


  • Shows difficulty understanding concepts of place value, and quantity, number lines, positive and negative value, carrying and borrowing
  • Has difficulty understanding and doing word problems
  • Has difficulty sequencing information or events
  • Exhibits difficulty using steps involved in math operations
  • Shows difficulty understanding fractions
  • Is challenged making change and handling money
  • Displays difficulty recognizing patterns when adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing
  • Has difficulty putting language to math processes
  • Has difficulty understanding concepts related to time such as days, weeks, months, seasons, quarters, etc.
  • Exhibits difficulty organizing problems on the page, keeping numbers lined up, following through on long division problems


In today's newsletter, we are exploring the overlap of language with math. Specifically, from the symptoms above, we look at word problems and putting language to math processes. There are a couple of reasons that these symptoms exist and are problems for the student doing math.



The first reason could be a language issue. When you see a problem with expressive and/or receptive language, it's best to consider where the deficit came from in order to figure out the best solution.


A few years ago I was working with an 11 year old girl who had very poor language skills. She spoke with a very quiet voice, only said what she needed to and her vocabulary was low. Other screenings that I did revealed that she did not process sounds well. She could hear, but she didn't know her vowel sounds, or how to manipulate sounds, despite being in 5th grade, having average IQ scores and having an IEP. I think she had an undiagnosed auditory processing problem.


By the way, in order to get a diagnosis, the person with the issue must be at least 7 years old and see an audiologist.


Auditory processing

In order to help with her ability to understand language, to express language, and of course to explain math processes (she was fine at doing the math), we had to deal with the auditory processing issue first. She did a 2 month round of listening therapy while integrating her primitive reflexes. The reflex that sets up the brain for auditory processing is the Spinal Galant. For more information on primitive reflexes, go to


We followed this with three months of cognitive skills training, and by the end, she spoke with a good volume and confidence. Her vocabulary and general language skills were still low, so we continued with work in these areas for the next three months. By this time, she could explain math processes and write much better in her other academic subjects.


Logic and Reasoning

The second reason for these problems is "understanding". This particular girl also had low scores in logic and reasoning, as tested by the Gibson Cognitive Screening. We need logic and reasoning (as well as language and reading skills) in order to understand word problems. People who do not possess these skills are called "concrete thinkers", and they only can understand exactly what is given to them, and cannot deduce beyond that. If you were to say to a concrete thinker: "how old is Sam if he is 3 years older than Harry who is 5 years younger than Kaitlin, and Kaitlin is 12", that person would not know what to do. It requires good logic and reasoning.


Reasoning is developed while integrating the Moro Reflex, which was done early in her therapy. During the cognitive skills training, I worked directly on logic and reasoning with her, so that her score went up by over 4 years (age equivalent) in just 6 months. I am not bragging by the way, I just use excellent programs!



By the end of a year and a half, this young lady finished 6th grade, no longer had an IEP, had no extra school support, and was on the President's List. She could do math well!! Needless to say, she was also happier, had more friends, and worked independently. What more could you ask for?


For integrating the primitive reflexes, use the Pyramid of Potential Series, and for cognitive skills training, use the Academic Success Workbook. The Gibson Cognitive Test, The Pyramid of Potential Series, and the Academic Success Workbook can all be purchased at  The Pyramid of Potential Series is on sale now, so hurry!



Have a great week, 


Kathy Johnson



Equipping Minds Conference   

  Strengthening Cognitive Abilities Through a Multi-Disciplinary Approach


                           April 9-11, 2014   

                                 Danville, KY 

 World Renown Guest Speakers Joining Us:


Dr. David Martin, PhD, Co-Author, Developing Minds: A Resource for Teaching Thinking and The Thinking Academy


Rafaele Joundry, Author, Why Aren't I Learning?


Dr. Tracy Alloway, PhD, Author, The Working Memory Advantage: Train Your Brain to Function Stronger, Smarter, and Faster 



Host Presenters: Carol Brown and Kyle Brown


The Equipping Minds Conference trains educators, therapists, and other specialists in our multi-disciplinary approach, which increases anyone's capacity to learn. You will be introduced to the theory of Structural Cognitive Modifiability, the role of neuro-developmental therapy, sound therapy, vestibular therapy, vision therapy, and cognitive developmental therapy. You will be provided with a proven set of exercises in these areas through a hands-on approach. This conference is designed for those who want to implement this program into their private practice, learning center, or school.


Conference Schedule


  • 9:00 am - Carol Brown: "The Equipping Minds Program: Understanding, Identifying, and Strengthening Cognitive Abilities"
  • 10:00 am - "Neuro-Developmental Therapy and Exercises"
  • 11:00 am - Carol Brown: "Working Memory Exercises Crucial for Learning, Language, and Life Skills"
  • 12:00 pm - Lunch
  • 1:00 pm - Dr. David Martin: "Structural Cognitive Modifiability and Mediated Learning Based on Reuven Feuerstein's Instrumental Enrichment Program"
  • 2:00 pm - "Vestibular Therapy for Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Dysgraphia, and Other Disorders"
  • 3:00 pm - Carol Brown: "Auditory and Visual Processing Exercises"
  • 4:00 pm - Rafaele Joudry: "Understanding the Benefits of Sound Therapy"


  • 9:00 am - Dr. Tracy Alloway: "Working Memory: Why It Is More Important Than IQ and How to Increase It"
  • 10:30 am - Carol Brown: "Developing Critical Thinking"
  • 12:00 pm - Lunch
  • 1:00 pm - Kyle Brown: "Remembering What You Read: Visualizing for Comprehension"
  • 2:00 pm - Kyle Brown: "Putting Your Thoughts on Paper"
  • 3:00 pm - Carol Brown: "Adapting for All Ages and Abilities: Gifted, Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Turner Syndrome, and Others"


  • 9:00 am-5:00 pm - Carol Brown: "Putting Everything Together: A Typical Day in Your Practice, Center, or Classroom"




Pyramid of Potential Series Exercises are now available as apps for your iPhone or iPad!

These apps contain exercises that, if done daily for at least 30 days, have helped many people improve the issues identified below! Based on brain development research and "integration of primitive reflexes", the exercises are appropriate for ages 5 through 99, are simple, and take about 10 minutes a day.


Use these for home therapy at a price anyone can afford!


For the Overview app, click here  


Hypersensitivity and Anxiety

Are you anxious or nervous? Are you sensitive to light or sound? Would you like to live a calmer, easier life?

For Hypersensitivity and Anxiety click here    


Organization and Time Management

 Are you disorganized? Are you frequently late but don't mean to be and mix up time? Do you find it hard to keep things in sequential order?

For Organization and Time Management click here  


ADD-ADHD, Memory & Bed wetting

Do you have trouble paying attention, are fidgety and impulsive? Do you have trouble with short term memory or with things that are said? Perhaps someone you know has had trouble with bed wetting?

 For ADD/ADHD, Memory and Bedwetting click here


Dyslexia and Dysgraphia

Do you or someone you know have a hard time reading, especially with reversing letters and numbers at an older age? Do you have poor handwriting? Do you have a hard time getting your thoughts down on paper?

For Dyslexia and Dysgraphia click here


Vision, Co-ordination & Attention

Do you know someone who struggles with vision - getting headaches when reading, eyes jump over words and lines, or who can read but doesn't like to? Or who had trouble learning to swim or is a messy eater? Who has problems concentrating, but not necessarily hyperactive? 

For Vision, Coordination and Attention click here
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