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It is now time to set up your professional development at your school - Kathy is available for many dates this summer! Call now to secure YOUR date!


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?



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.

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

Auditory Processing, Dyslexia, and Primitive Reflexes
March 19, 2014

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After providing physical & safety needs, what a developing brain needs most is an abundance of loving interaction & play! #WorldBrainTeam

Dear All,

In this newsletter, we continue looking at the foundation for learning.

Central Auditory Processing Disorder, or CAPD

According to, consider the following questions to determine if there may be a problem with a child's auditory processing:

  • Is your child easily distracted or unusually bothered by loud or sudden noises?
  • Are noisy environments upsetting to your child?
  • Does your child's behavior and performance improve in quieter settings?
  • Does your child have difficulty following directions, whether simple or complicated?
  • Does your child have reading, spelling, writing, or other speech-language difficulties?
  • Is abstract information difficult for your child to comprehend?
  • Are verbal (word) math problems difficult for your child?
  • Is your child disorganized and forgetful?
  • Are conversations hard for your child to follow?



Compare this list with Dyslexia, as worded in this resolution before congress (


"Whereas, defined as an unexpected difficulty in reading in an individual who has the intelligence to be a much better reader, dyslexia reflects a difficulty in getting to the individual sounds of a spoken language which typically impacts speaking, reading, spelling, and often, learning a second language;"


I believe we are speaking of the same thing here. The language may have changed; the emphasis from speech and language to the realm of reading has shifted; but in essence, the results are the same: a problem learning, where the base of the problem lies with learning through auditory channels.



For most people, this impairment did result from a traumatic event, although it did with some - causing hearing and auditory processing problems later in life. But for most people diagnosed with CAPD or Dyslexia, the problem goes back as far as the parents can remember. Even as an infant, the child had problems with noise, speech, and listening. Where does that come from?


Primitive Reflexes

It comes from the process of development of the auditory system in infancy. When first born, a baby cries in pain from loud noises. Normally, that goes away and the auditory system matures before the baby is one year old, speech is developing, and the toddler can follow a few directions. But sometimes, this is not the case.


There are specific stages in development that affect auditory development. The Moro Reflex is normally present prenatally until about 4 months old. While in this stage, the baby will cry, shake and be overly startled from loud noises. If the baby does not fully go through this stage, this symptom may continue. The older child with a "retained moro reflex" might be distracted easily by normal noises requiring testing in an alternate location, have hypersensitivity to noise, or be labeled ADD/ADHD due to external noise distractions. People who have improved this by "integrating primitive reflexes" have found that this can be eliminated.


"On Thursday, O's teacher called me. Of course, as I saw the caller ID I braced myself and answered the phone. She called to tell me that O had the best week ever with her. (O's been in this classroom for most of 4th grade and all of this year). She went to 3 assemblies and walked right in and sat with her class. She has NEVER sat with her class. Recently she stood just inside the door but usually she is in the hallway crying with her hands over her ears, sweaty palms and terrified" - mom of 10 year old autistic girl


Another stage of development, the Spinal Galant, helps with maturing the auditory system, also. It helps specifically with auditory discrimination, such as the ability to "hear" the difference between similar sounds like the vowel sounds which is necessary for decoding. The Spinal Galant is also the stage of development when the brain begins to develop auditory memory.



What to DO


These stages of development can be replicated at any age. Because I had been teaching these exercises for years, I finally decided to try them myself. After doing the exercises in the Maintaining Brains Everyday DVD for just over a month, for the first time in my life I would passively remember people's names when I met them! I was floored! Before this time, I would repeat the name, associate it, and hold it as best I could, but shortly after, the name was gone. You can imagine how thrilled I was to have this new skill at age 54!


On Sale During March

If you would like to learn more about primitive reflexes, I have my course Primitive Reflexes: Foundations for Learning on sale this month. It was originally given as a webinar, is over 7 hours long, and includes a ton of information, videos and more! For this month only, it is 20% off the normal price of $199 and is only $159. Don't miss out on this fantastic sale!

There is lots more to learn, so be sure to read next week's newsletter! I will be covering visual processing, learning disabilities and the primitive reflexes.

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
Save 20%
Primitive Reflexes: Foundation for Learning
7+ hour webinar and videos

Normally $198, until March 31 just $159!!

Offer Expires: March 31, 2014