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Vision, Copying from the Board, and What to Do About It



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April 16, 2015


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From a mom of 10 year old autistic girl after doing the following Moro integration exercise for 1 month:
"On Thursday, Susan'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 Susan had the best week ever with her. (Susan'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. They are doing long division with remainders this week. She is picking it right up. (She is pretty good at math but it usually takes a bit for her to get the concepts and then she retains them. More impressive to me is that she only likes nice even numbers. In the past remainders would not be tolerated, there would be a tantrum over this gray area!)
To me the best part was she has seen Susan interacting with her peers and joining in conversations. (Never before). There is even a particular little boy who she is joking around with and calling her boyfriend! (He is also on the spectrum so I am ok with that!)
That night she came home and wanted to decorate for Easter. (Never really cared about decorating). Today she told me a little bit about kids at school with no prompting. She is sleeping less and kind of giddy at night. Physically she seems to be using her hands more without giving up, removing tape from a package and opening things."


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Vision, Copying from the Board, and What to Do About It


So your child or student has an accommodation that allows for not copying from the board. Is this a good or bad thing? In my humble opinion, it is both.


The Good:

Difficulty with copying, whether from the board or from a book, usually has to do with poor convergence - the ability to quickly and easily refocus from near to far and back again. If a person never developed this ability, you may see this: The child prepares to copy from the board. When he looks up, it takes a long time to focus, and it may hurt resulting in lots of blinking or rubbing the eyes. When he finally has memorized the words, he then looks down to his paper and has to wait for a long time as his eyes readjust and stop hurting so he can write the information down. If he has a poor memory, this will be even more difficult and slow. Once writing down what he can, he looks back to the board and waits for his eyes to refocus before memorizing again. The cycle continues, and by the time he has finished copying, he is way behind the class.


He might have an accommodation, or he may decide to deal with it on his own. He copies to his paper without ever looking at it. If he does not have to refocus, he saves time and it's much more comfortable. He has created his own accommodation. But he gives up good handwriting and staying on the lines.


The Bad:

Meanwhile, no matter how smart he is, he is feeling stupid. Why can't he do this when everyone else can?


It is because he did not develop the ability in infancy. When he was first born, he only needed to see a foot away to Mom's face. By the time he was combat crawling, he needed to see a couple feet away to his bottle, and by the time he was crawling he needed to be able to see across the room. If he missed developmental milestones, and "retained his primitive reflexes" he probably didn't develop good convergence.


The Ugly:

One day, this child will want to drive, and personally, I don't want him on the road with me, unable to converge as I get closer and closer - Ha! It is so much better to accommodate now, but to work on improving his vision at the same time so that he can converge.


The Improvement:

Step one is to replicate the first year of life by going through these stages again. The physical exercises are easy, and take only 15 minutes a day, using the DVD Maintaining Brains Everyday from


Step two - after going through the exercises for at least 30 days to develop the brain, it is time to get an evaluation to test the convergence from a professional. By doing the "reflex integration" first, you might save thousands of dollars. I with the reflex integration was the silver bullet and would take care of the convergence by itself, but I have seen over the past 14 years that it is just the first step. So, to find the professional (a behavioral or development optometrist) go to .


Step three is to follow the directions of the optometrist to do Vision Therapy. It is very effective - I've done it myself!


Next week we will take an in-depth look into tracking - what it is, why good tracking is important, and different means to improve it.





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June 28 - The Plastic Brain:

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Throughout the day, Ms. Johnson will train participants in exactly how to remediate some of the most difficult problems that are a result of incomplete brain development in infancy. However, as she likes to say, there is no silver bullet! Each child is an individual who will require a unique approach.

Ms. Johnson will describe a model where the emphasis changes from spending increasingly more time and energy on academics to incorporating brain development into early childhood, special education, and regular education classrooms, freeing up the teacher to teach more academics as a result.

She will share the results from an elementary school in Wisconsin who is implementing these methods with significant cognitive improvements in less than a year! "the improvement in the classroom has been the best news that we hear" Wisconsin Teacher Ryan McBurney


The Developing Brain and Case Histories

Body and Mind Health, and the effect on brain development

     Nutrition, Stress, Exercise, Sleep

Neurodevelopmental Stages; Why Cognitive Skills never Developed

     Primitive Reflexes

     Symptoms and Integration exercises

     Incorporating reflex exercises into the school day

Sensory Development

     Auditory Processing

       Symptoms of an auditory processing disorder

       What to do

     Visual Processing

       Tracking and Convergence Screening

       Simple eye exercises

       Irlen Syndrome and Colored Overlays

       Vision Therapy

Cognitive Skills Development

     Phonemic Awareness



     Logic and reasoning

     Processing speed

Integrating brain development into school day without losing precious academic time


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Foundation for Learning

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The primitive reflexes have been around as long as people have been around. They are present primarily to force the infant to move the body in such ways that it develops and matures to survive. The additional benefit, as humans, is that along with motor movements, many other brain components are developing that help with academics: the visual system, the auditory system, the ability to concentrate, remember, and understand.


Several people have commented that they believe this is the missing link. And indeed, in my experience since 2000, I have found that the integration of the primitive reflexes to be one of the least expensive and most effective therapies today.


 "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." - California Teacher Mark Steiner



     Case histories

     History of Reflex Integration


     Primitive reflexes guidelines

     Beyond Primitive Reflexes

Moro Reflex:

      Symptoms, Testing, Integration

Palmar Reflex:

      Symptoms, Testing, Integration

Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex:

      Symptoms, Testing, Integration

Spinal Galant:

      Symptoms, Testing, Integration

Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex:

      Symptoms, Testing, Integration

Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex:

      Symptoms, Testing, Integration


NOTE: Please bring a yoga mat or blanket plus a small pillow and wear comfortable clothes as we will be practicing on the floor

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Kathy Johnson, MS Ed

Bob Johnson

Pyramid of Potential
245 Washington St #3369
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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Tell Me Your Story

I am collecting stories about the effectiveness of primitive reflex integration, no matter what the process is or what method was used. Will you help? Please provide the following in your own words and in story form. Please keep it to about 2 paragraphs.

  • Diagnosis or issue
  • Changes found
  • Methodology
  • What reflexes were integrated
  • Other therapies that were used concurrently
  • Minimally their initials and location (state or country)


I will be putting these together in a free ebook organized by issue, so that people all over the world will have hope for themselves or loved ones. By sharing this everywhere, more people will get help. This is not to promote Pyramid of Potential, but instead to promote primitive reflexes. I want to collect hundreds!!


Thank you so much! Kathy