Professional Development Workshops

We equip educators, parents, and professionals to increase anyone’s ability to process, remember, comprehend, and think. Carol and her team conduct PD Workshops for school districts, individual K-12 schools, businesses, churches, universities, professional organizations, and government agencies. We have presented our workshop to numerous public, private and homeschool teachers, therapists, school administrators, Toyota, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, KY Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Conference, KASC Conference, SPCE Conference, and others. We are available for 1-2 hour workshops, 3-6 hour or multiple day workshops. Examples of our workshops are listed below and can be customized to meet the needs of your group. You can also attend the annual Equipping Minds Conference April 15-19, 2019 in Frankfort, KY.

You will learn a holistic approach to increase cognitive skills for learners of all ages and abilities. These exercises will not only benefit your students but will enhance your own memory, executive functioning, and reasoning skills.
Course Objectives

  • Understand how mind and body health effect brain development.
  • Learn six primitive reflexes, the symptoms associated with each, how to test, and how to integrate.
  • Learn cognitive training exercises in processing, memory, attention, comprehension, logic and reasoning.Learn classroom connection guidelines for math, spelling, vocabulary, reading, history, science, and writing.
  • Learn study skills to enhance retention and application of information.
  • Learn instructional methods to use in the classroom and workplace.

You can also purchase the new 2018 Professional Development Workshop which is 6.5 hours under the SHOP. You can then purchase teacher and student workbooks. Contact Dr. Brown for special pricing for large orders.  Watch this video of a school which has been implementing Equipping Minds. https://vimeo.com/277110378

WORKSHOP TOPICS:

Equipping Minds Through Games

The brain can change, as the latest research on neuroplasticity has proven. Cognitive and educational gains have been proven with this evidence-based curriculum, which everyone can replicate and use. Participants can put this research into practice by learning specific brain-training exercises that have been proven to increase working memory, processing and attention and long-term memory retrieval.

Equipping Minds to Reach Their Full Potential Through Increasing Working Memory

Working memory is a stronger predictor of personal and academic success than IQ.   This workshop will present the latest scientific research on neuroplasticity, working memory, and the brain’s ability to change for children and adults of all ages and etiologies.   You will learn exercises to improve working memory, long-term memory retrieval, attention, and the ability to follow multi-step directions. You will leave with a deeper understanding of these challenges and equipped to implement exercises to develop every individual’s capacity to learn in the classroom and workplace. Dr. Carol Brown has developed a curriculum that uses cognitive development exercises to make learning possible for children and adults of all abilities.

Understanding, Identifying, Assessing, and Strengthening Cognitive Abilities for All Ages and Abilities through a Multi-Disciplinary Approach

Learn how to access your learner’s strengths and challenges. Understand how and when to integrate exercise, nutrition, vision therapy, sound therapy, neurodevelopmental/ movement therapy, vestibular therapy, and cognitive therapy. You will learn different exercises to use in each area to improve learning. A holistic approach is the most effective method to strength and create neuropathways in the brain. The visual, auditory and vestibular systems must be receiving and processing the information quickly and accurately. The information then goes to the brain where working memory is needed to think about the information, use it, and send to long-term memory. It is also crucial to visualize letters, numbers, and objects for reading/spelling, math, and comprehension. Critical thinking, visual-spatial and perceptual reasoning needs to be strong as well.

Increasing Cognitive Abilities and Social Skills of Children with Learning Challenges

You will learn a holistic approach that increases processing, working memory, comprehension, social skills, and critical thinking in children with learning challenges. This approach creates a synthesis of cognition, emotions, and values found in Biblical antecedents. The Equipping Minds Cognitive Development Curriculum is based on the research of Dr. Reuven Feuerstein’s proving that regardless of age or etiology that cognitive abilities can be increased. Intelligence is not static and critical age or period can be overcome.  The human mediator introduces the cognitive prerequisites of learning and the processing of content to extend the individuals potential by generating new cognitive structures and increased learning capacity.

The Role of Imagery and Memory in Learning

Learn how to visualize letters, numbers, and objects to improve reading, math, and comprehension. The ability to visualize letters is necessary for spelling and reading, the ability to visualize numbers is necessary for math, and the ability to visualize pictures and concepts is necessary for reading comprehension and critical thinking. Learn the exercises to connect these pathways.

A naturalistic or biblical worldview of human development

A naturalistic view of human development has been prevalent for over 300 years and has gone unchallenged. Upon speaking to educators and psychologists, Piaget’s name and theories are renowned and accepted while the names of John Amos Comenius, Shmuel Feuerstein, and Reuven Feuerstein are virtually unknown. However, both Shmuel Feuerstein, and John Amos Comenius challenge the naturalistic view and replace it with a biblical view of human development. Seemingly, the naturalistic view of humanity and human development has been widely accepted. Educators have come to accept the theories of human development embraced by an educational system that discount spirituality and have a naturalist worldview rather than a biblical view of human development. Developmental theories have informed our perspectives, expectations, and limitations of learners who have intellectual, behavioral, and physical challenges.

Computer training or human mediator

In recent years the majority of research studies in peer-reviewed journals have utilized computer software programs to enhance cognitive skills with a focus on working memory training. An alternative approach absent in the current literature on working memory is the use of a human mediator. Mediation is an interaction in which a human mediator who possesses knowledge intends to convey a particular meaning or skill and encourages the child to transcend, that is, to relate the meaning to some other thought or experience. Mediation is intended to help children expand their cognitive capacity, especially when ideas are new or challenging. The Equipping Minds Cognitive Development Curriculum (EMCDC) is a method of cognitive skill development which uses a human mediator and is based on the theory of Structural Cognitive Modifiability (SCM), Mediated Learning Experience (MLE), and a biblical worldview of human development. The success of the research with EMCDC supports the use of a human mediator, which is rooted in Scripture and Feuerstein’s theory of Mediated Learning Experience (MLE), and affirms that cognitive skills can be developed in the classroom or clinical setting through a human mediator rather than a computer program.