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Independence Day for Learning Disabilities




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July 9, 2014
Hi Everyone!

First I want to share that Laura at has a copy of the Pyramid of Potential Series that she would like to sell. Since we no longer carry this product, if you are interested in this please contact her. It includes DVD of reflex exercises plus other exercises - vestibular, proprioceptive, relaxation. Also, there are cognitive exercises including many for phonemic awareness, visual processing, processing speed, working memory, handwriting, and logic. It has been available for the last 5 years and people have loved it!


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Independence Day for Learning Disabilities 





This past week we in the USA celebrated our Independence We came together as a nation in 1776 and told the world that we do not need or want anyone else to tell us what to do.
For many people with learning disabilities, they are absolutely dependent on others. Some brilliant dyslexic people need other people to read and write for them. They may actors or they may corporate executives. They are not independent, yet they are successful. For most, however, they are dependent on others to help them get through school. Without tutors, aides, and accommodations, they would not be able to pass their courses. Yet they are very bright! In other aspects of their lives they are independent and successful - hence "learning disabled".
If you have been reading my information for any length of time, you may have realized that I have seen many people become successful. For example, if you went to a professional development workshop you may have heard the case study of 11 year old Allie, who after a year and a half went from having an IEP to no IEP and getting on the high honor roll in 6th grade last semester - no accommodations, no aides in school, no resource room, just me 1 hour a week for math that particular semester. 
I have seen kids raise their IQ score by 20 points in 2 years, and young adults go from being unsuccessful in community college to As and Bs in private 4 year college. 
How do we get that success? There is no silver bullet, but I use a methodology. It is called the Pyramid of Potential. The pyramid includes all aspects of brain development and health including mind and body health, neuro-development (primitive reflexes), sensory development especially vision and hearing, and cognitive development (brain training). Each aspect is extremely important and dependent on the other aspects.
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If you are interested in helping a grade school child, but have no idea how to start or put it all together, consider Growing Brains Everyday. This curriculum is completely scripted and includes all worksheets and overheads that you would need. It takes 10 minutes a day (although you could do it for longer if you wanted) for 150 days, and includes neuro-development (primitive reflexes) exercises, phonemic awareness exercises to help develop auditory processing, visual exercises, and cognitive exercises for increasing memory, attention and processing speed.





Did You Know?

Overcoming Learning Disabilities


Understanding the cause 

It is estimated that 15% to 20% of students in every classroom are not achieving as well as they could. Some have been assessed as having Learning Difficulties (LD), Learning Disabilities, ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia while others have not been assessed but everyone knows they "should be doing better", even if they are getting good passing grades.


Looking at the whole child - Treatment Order 

In order to treat, we must look at the whole child.


The importance of movement 

Much preparation needs to occur before a child is ready for effective academic learning, and most of it occurs through the natural movements and play common to all children. First we learn to roll, then to creep on our tummies, then to rock on hands and knees, then to crawl - and all the time we are learning and preparing ourselves to learn. We are progressing through important developmental stages. Our muscles build strength and co-ordination, our eyes learn to focus and we become integrated and ready to take on more complex tasks such as learning to read and write.






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Erin Rowan, OT

Just wanted to let you know that my daughter's reading/writing teacher just shared that Taylor was the only student to get a "4" on an open response which means she gave a complete and accurate answer. I do believe integrating those reflexes are working. Thanks for letting me email you question. I see a light at the end of the tunnel.

-CS, parent and OT, KY

It seems like every day something new is happening. Last night Carter told me that when he used to read books like Diary of a wimpy kid, he didn't really read the words and he mostly looked at the pictures. (which I already knew)  Now he said, he is actually reading. You can tell that he too is noticing that he is reading better and enjoying it.  

Then tonight,  I asked him if he wanted to read to me a little bit.  He agreed, so we sat down to start reading. In the past when we sat down to read he would first ask how many pages?   Then he would count the pages out so he knew where he got to stop. Tonight, he didn't do this. He just put his head down and started reading. When we got to the end of the chapter I told him he could stop.  He then looked back and counted how many pages he had read.  Then he said..." can I read some more"?  OMG Kathy I just about jumped for joy!!  I actually had to tell him no because it was very late and we still had your DVD to do. I told him he could read in bed for 10 min before lights out.  So- he finished everything up for the night and headed to bed with his book.  Well, my husband then went to bed and I got side tracked on the computer.  Probably about 30-45 min later I realized I never went to kiss the boys good night. I went to their room and found them both reading in bed with flashlights!  Carter was on the last page of his book.  He read 25 pages (some pages had words and pictures) during this time and was determined to finish the book!! I couldn't believe it. It looks like he has just discovered the joy of reading.  I'm so excited for him, it just makes me giggle :)  Thank you so much for helping us with this.

-MM, parent, NY

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Where's Kathy?

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?


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Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia: An Integrated Approach 
Monday, September 15, 2014 in ELLICOTT CITY, MD 
Early Registration: $189.99
** Early Registration Prices Available Until 8/26/2014 **   


Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia: An Integrated Approach

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 in 


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Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia: An Integrated Approach

 Wednesday, September 17, 2014 in 


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Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia: An Integrated Approach

Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse NY, December 10, 11, 12

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



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Good Morning Kathy!


As promised, I wanted to give you an update on how our program has progressed at Lakewood Elementary School (Twin Lakes Wisconsin).  Our team of three trainers began by working for six weeks with a pilot group of two 3rd graders.  We concentrated on the moro and palmar primitive reflexes and the working memory and processing speed cognitive skills.  We followed the following basic outline (as suggested by Kathy Johnson during professional development):

  • Starfish
  • Patterned Numbers
  • Math Facts
  • Clap-Counting
  • Marching
  • Palmar
  • Blending
  • Segmenting
  • Reading Chorally
  • Lazy Eights
  • Cognitive 1st Exercises


As you can see, we incorporated a computer based program at the end of the session. We did this for several reasons: we were awarded a grant through Cog1 and wanted to see their program, we used it as an incentive, and it extended the cognitive exercises in a way that kids really enjoyed... a video game.


As part of the Cog1 grant, we were also the beneficiary of ten Gibson Cognitive Screeners. These were invaluable have really allowed us to track the progress of students. Here are the results of our most neediest student after just six short weeks:

Skill: Pretest > Post (Age equivalent scores)

  • Processing Speed: 5 > 7.9
  • Working Memory: 6.3 > 7.5
  • Long Term Memory: 5.5 > 6.8
  • Visual Processing: 5 > 5.2
  • Auditory Processing: 7 > 8.5
  • Logic & Reasoning: 5 > 9
  • Word Attack: 7 > 11.8

We had a lot of success, but there is still a lot of work to do.  Going forward, we have received parent permission to continue working with our two students from the first pilot group (adding visual processing, fly to the moon, and slow angels).  Also, we are adding a second pilot group of second graders; plus, we are adding another session that will be one-to-one with another third grader.  We also have a sixth grader who cannot come before or after school, but is using the Cog1 program independently in conjunction with the primitive reflex exercises.


It is our sincere hope that the expanded sample size will provide us with the needed data to make a compelling case for our school board to invest in brain-based intervention strategies.  We will be presenting our case to the board in May, days after our second pilot group concludes.  Also, we were selected as Brain Awareness Day Grant awardees by BrainWare, which will provide us with 30 BrainWare Safari licenses to use next school year.


Clearly, we have a lot going on here in terms of brain based interventions, and I want to sincerely thank you for your help throughout the process.  Please let me know if you have any questions!


Have a nice day!



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