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Autism - Lessons Learned




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August 6, 2014
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If you have read our last email,you know that we have a special this month for professionals. During the month of August, we are listening to you and providing something you have asked for: purchase a copy of Primitive Reflexes: Foundations for Learning, study it, take a final test, and get documentation and a certificate of completion so that you can get CEUs for it. Occupational therapists, physical therapists and teachers have all done this. I cannot give the CEUs directly, but you will have enough documentation that you will be able to apply for them yourself, no problem.


Here is the procedure:

  1. Purchase Primitive Reflexes: Foundations for Learning on DVD or download before the end of day Tuesday August 19 for the sale price of $179.00. Click Here to purchase
  2. On August 20, all who have purchased the course will receive the final exam via email.
  3. Finish the course and the exam before Monday September 1.
  4. I will send you the documentation you need to apply for DEUs: my CV, course outline, objectives, and course completion certificate.
  5. You apply for the CEUs through your accreditation association.

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Processing speed is an extremely important learning component and must be increased.  Extra time to process is a fine accommodation for now but fixing the problem, not accommodating it, is what we need to focus on for long term learning.  See my complete article below on how to increase processing speed.  

Click on the following link to download a sample exercise to improve processing speed:  Growing Brains Processing Speed Sample.  This is a sample from my Growing Brains Everyday curriculum, on sale this month.


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The best Moro reflex integration exercise
The best Moro reflex integration exercise
Go to our Youtube Channel to see the best Moro Reflex integration exercise. These exercises are all in Maintaining Brains Everyday and work well with Growing Brains



Autism - Lessons Learned



I am an expert in learning disabilities; not in Autism. However, over the years I have had the privilege to help a few people on the spectrum, and learned a thing or two. Please feel free to pass these lessons on to others who are affected by ASD, so they can be helped as well.


1. The Moro primitive reflex is probably correlated with Autism.

Some of the symptoms that come along with a Moro reflex that is present include:

  • Hypersensitivity to light and sound
  • Doesn't maintain eye contact
  • Emotionally sensitive
  • Anxiety

I had 15 people on the autism spectrum tested to see if they had a present Moro, and 14 did. This was a simple ad hoc study, but a strong correlation nonetheless!


2. Integrating the Moro reflex can have a powerful and strong positive affect on those with Autism.

A mom brought her 10 year old autistic daughter to me for an evaluation, and I was at least able to determine that there was a strong Moro reflex present. For the next month, the girl did her integration exercises, and at the end of the month, her teacher had called the mom to tell her that she had overcome her social anxiety and sound hypersensitivity.

Here is an email from a teacher in California:

 I have a student that a year ago was basically a selective mute on the Autistic Spectrum.  I have put a lot of work in class working in the Moro and can report that she changed like a light switch coming on.  She is speaking in class, she will transition independently, is reading basic readers, and is exhibiting significantly fewer behaviors to the point that we may be removing the 1:1 behavioral specialist from her IEP.  


Mark Steiner


3. Integrating the Moro reflex is not the silver bullet - part 1


An adult Aspie I know tried doing the Starfish exercise daily, but it only caused her additional anxiety. The only positive change she saw was that she could locate where sounds originated from for the first time. It is extremely rare for a person to have such negative response, however.


4. Integrating the Moro reflex is not the silver bullet - part 2


Regression comes from trauma, no matter what the problem or therapy. Regression simply looks like this: what has worked in the past no longer works. The trauma could be emotional, like abuse or a parent dying. The trauma could be physical like a traumatic brain injury or disease.

The 10 year old girl mentioned above had regression and lost the wonderful changes she had seen. Autism must be very invasive and traumatic to the body on a daily basis. This does not mean that you don't bother with the therapy; it means that you continue the therapy daily for your life. Just like we brush our teeth daily to keep them in good shape, a person with Autism should do the Starfish exercise daily to maintain their matured brain and nervous system.


5. Metronome work helps with speech

I worked with a 9 year old boy who had lost speech when he was 1 . Since then he had been given quite a bit of therapy, so that by the time I worked with him, he was speaking. However, his speech was parroting. I would say "Do you want to do this now?" and he would answer, "Yes, I want to do this now." He spoke in a false sing song voice as he was taught.

I was working on him doing cognitive training, and I always use the metronome a lot. In 5 weeks, he was speaking so naturally that a visiting doctor could not tell that he was Autistic!

So those are my lessons, and I hope that these help you put together even more of the puzzle that is Autism.


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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?


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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 


Early Registration: $189.99
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Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia: An Integrated Approach

 Wednesday, September 17, 2014 in 


Early Registration: $189.99
** Early Registration Prices Available Until 8/26/2014 **  


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



Did You Know?

Overcome ADD and Autism Without Drugs


 Regardless of the causes of ADHD and autism, families of children with these developmental disabilities much find the best treatment available. Many therapists are finding that brain integration therapies which integrate primitive reflexes serve to stimulate the brain and improve attention, balance and coordination. This in turn frees the child to focus in school and improve behavior.

Primitive reflexes are designed to help the baby survive. Rooting and sucking and swallowing are all reflexes that allow the baby to feed. In response to a sudden fall or a loud noise, the baby throws out arms and legs. This startle reflex is called the Moro reflex. Postural reflexes develop as the child learns to coordinate sensory input and to crawl. These reflexes help the child to stand and to sit upright and to develop conscious or voluntary control. By the age of two, if the child was given ample opportunity to move freely, these reflexes should be integrated.

As scientific research reveals the importance of the role of the parts of the brain that control movement and behavior, more and more parents of children with autism and ADHD are seeking help from brain integration therapy instead of drugs. Parents can work with their children doing simple, fun exercises and begin a journey to find relief from the stress that these developmental disabilities cause and reach toward higher learning


Check out the full article here:

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