The 2018 Equipping Minds Conference will be held April 9-11, 2018 in Frankfort, KY.  Attendees may purchase in-person tickets or LiveStream tickets.  Conference Recordings on DVD’s or USB can also be purchased.

The Equipping Minds Conference trains educators, therapists, parents, 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, school or home.

Equipping Minds Conference Schedule

Monday April 9 8:00 am-5pm

  • 8:00 am Registration, Introductions, and Research Results
  • 9:00 am Carol Brown:  Identifying, Assessing, and Strengthening Cognitive Abilities for All Ages and Abilities what Neuroscience Teaches us about the Brain
  • 10:00 am Clayton Brown:  Understanding the Mind of the Struggling Learner
  • 11:00 am Kathy Johnson:  Testing the Primitive Reflexes 
  • 12:00 Lunch – Provided
  • 1:00 pm  Kathy Johnson:  Integrating the Primitive Reflexes 
  • 3:00-4:00 pm David Martin:  Power of Mediated Learning to Increase Thinking, Executive Function, and Problem Solving Skills
  • 4:00-5:00 pm Carol Brown:  Working Memory and Cognitive Functions

Tuesday April 10 8:00am-5pm

  • 8:00 am Carol Brown:  Visualize Letters, Numbers, and Objects to Improve Reading, Math, and Comprehension
  • 10:30 am Carol Brown:  Classroom Connection to Writing, History, Science, and Math
  • 12:00 pm Lunch – Provided
  • 1:00 pm Carol Brown:  Exercises to Improve Working Memory
  • 4:00 pm Rafaele Joundry:  Using Music to Change the Brain and Learning with Sound Therapy

Wednesday April 11 8:00-5 pm

  • 8:00-5 pm Carol Brown and Kyle Brown
    Integrating the Equipping Minds Cognitive Development Curriculum in the Classroom, Small Group, Learning Center, Workplace, Adult Living Center, Church, After-School Program and Home

*Level 1 Certification in Equipping Minds Cognitive Development Curriculum for those who attend all three days and display competence in implementation of the program. A certificate of attendance will be provided for all participants who attend all sessions for CEU and PD Credits.

Equipping Minds Conference Presenters

Carol Brown, Educational SpecialistDr. Carol Brown Ed.D  Understanding,Identifying,and Strengthening Cognitive Abilities for All Ages and Abilities 

Carol is the executive director of Equipping Minds Brain Development Center the author of Equipping Minds Cognitive Development Curriculum used for students and adults across the US and in 40 countries. Carol is a special needs consultant for HSLDA. She has trained public, private and homeschool educators, Toyota, UK College of Medicine, KY Vocational Rehabilitation, psychologist, occupational therapist,speech and language therapist, and higher education institutions. She is trained in Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment, cognitive developmental therapy, primitive reflex therapy, vision therapy, sound therapy, vestibular therapy, and mediated learning. Carol earned an Ed.D from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, MA in Social Services from Southwestern Seminary, and BA in Rehabilitation Counseling from Marshall University. She is a contributing author in the Neuroscience and Christian Formation. 

Kyle Brown for Equipping Minds ConferenceKyle Brown MA MDIV  The Role of Imagery and Memory in Learning: How to Visualize Numbers, Letters, and Objects to Improve Reading, Math, and Comprehension

Kyle is a cognitive developmental therapist and educational specialist at Equipping Minds. He is trained in Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment,cognitive developmental therapy, primitive reflex therapy, vision integration therapy, vestibular therapy, sound therapy, and mediated learning. Since 1984 he has served in children’s homes, schools, and churches as an administrator, educator, recreational therapist, and youth & family pastor.

Equipping Minds Conference Registration

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Travel Arrangements


  • Lexington,KY LEX is the closest airport.
  • Louisville, KY SDF is 1 hour from Frankfort.


Equipping Minds Conference Presenters

rafaeleRafaele Joudry MPsych  Using Music to Change the Brain and Learning Rafaele Joudry is a world leader and educator on Sound Therapy and the discoveries of Dr Tomatis. Rafaele holds a Masters of Psychology specializing in Sound Therapy. Since founding Sound Therapy International in 1989 Rafaele has authored dozens of articles plus three best-selling books: Sound Therapy: Music to Recharge Your Brain,Triumph Over Tinnitus and Why Aren’t Learning?Her books describe the remarkable power of Sound Therapy to improve ear function and brain integration, resulting in beneficial results for numerous conditions.

kjohnson  Kathy Johnson MA 



david martinDr. David Martin Ph.D  Increase Thinking, Executive Functioning, and Problem Solving Skills Using Mediated Learning  David earned a BA from Yale, Ed.D and C.A.S. from Harvard, and Ph.D from Boston College. He holds the title of Professor/Dean Emeritus from Gallaudet University. He is a proponent of the Mediated Learning model used by the followers of psychologist Reuven Feuerstein. He has focused on the effects of critical thinking strategies on the learner, and he has investigated those effects with special populations in the USA and several other countries.

Alexandria Sturdevant Ford will be presenting at Level 1 and Level 2. Whole person wellness relates to cognitive function, as the lifestyle choices that we make influence the health of our brains. Nutrition and exercise play a significant role in brain health, as does stress management, and healthy rhythms of labor and rest. Therefore, optimizing cognitive function is a holistic endeavor that involves the whole person.


Faith BerensFaith Berens, HSLDA Special Needs Consultant
Homeschooling Children with Special Needs – An Individualized Educational Plan
In this session, Faith will present the benefits of home education for children with special needs. Faith will also share tips and ideas for how to manage and incorporate EM therapy into your home school routine.


clayton brown, Equipping Minds Conference

Clayton Brown BS  Understanding the Struggling Learner  Clayton Brown is an educational specialist with Equipping Minds.


“I just want to say a big thank you for the wonderful conference! I started implementing some of new things I learned at 7:30 this morning with my first student! The seemingly infinite mutations of each exercise keep the program new and exciting. Was it you who said that our minds love variety? This is a huge difference between Equipping Minds and other programs. I always felt like a rebel! You have not only given us very powerful tools, but you have also given us the freedom and vision to keep pushing the envelop while we love and enjoy each student. Thank you, thank you for such inspiration! Also, thank you for your graciousness. I believe you connected with everyone there, spoke to each, always had a listening ear, and even gave extra time and attention to us when you were beyond exhausted. Thank you for sharing your God given gifts with us so freely!”

Most sincerely,