You can be certified in Equipping Minds year-round by purchasing the recordings in DVD or USB format. The Level 1 Equipping Minds Conference* trains educators, parents, therapists, and other specialists in our multi-disciplinary approach, which increases anyone’s capacity to learn. You will be introduced to the theories of Structural Cognitive Modifiability and Mediated Learning, the role of nutrition, 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 school, private practice, learning center, workplace, adult living center, church, orphanage, or home. Contact Carol if you are interested in a certificate of attendance or CEU hours.
Equipping Minds of All Ages and Abilities
Helpful for those with Autism Spectrum, Dyslexia, Gifted, Learning Challenges, ADD/ADHD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Memory, Comprehension, Down Syndrome, Processing Disorders, Dementia, Executive Functioning, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Learning and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes
• Participants will learn the research behind Equipping Minds Cognitive Development Curriculum and neuroplasticity.
• Participants will learn the theories of Structural Cognitive Modifiability and Mediated Learning Experience of Dr. Reuven Feuerstein as well as some of his instruments.
• Participants will learn the efficient and deficient cognitive functions identified by Dr. Feuerstein at the input, output, and elaboration phase of learning.
• Participants will learn how whole person wellness relates to cognitive function and how mind and body health effect brain development.
• Participants will learn seven primitive reflexes, the symptoms associated with each, how to assess, and how to integrate.
• Participants will learn how to assess the visual, auditory, vestibular, and cognitive systems and which interventions to use.
• Participants will learn cognitive training exercises in visual and auditory processing, working and long-term memory, attention, comprehension, executive functioning, logic, and reasoning.
• Participants will learn classroom connection guidelines for math, spelling, vocabulary, reading, history, science, and writing using Equipping Minds.
• Participants will understand the mind of the struggling learner.
• Participants will learn the benefits of homeschooling struggling learners.
• Participants will learn how to use the Equipping Minds Cognitive Curriculum workbook and the ROSES program.
• Participants will learn Aristotle’s Ten Categories of Being and how to implement into therapy and the classroom setting.
• Participants will learn the benefits of rehabilitating the auditory system with Sound Therapy.
Dr. Carol Brown Ed.D Executive Director and Educational Specialist of Equipping Minds, has been working with children and families who have struggled academically and psychologically since 1981. She received her BA in Rehabilitation Counseling from Marshall University, MA in Social Services from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She sought additional training in cognitive development therapy, primitive reflex therapy, sound therapy, vision therapy, nutritional therapy, and vestibular therapy and combines these in her multi-disciplinary therapy program. Carol is licensed and certified as an FIE Mediator by the Feuerstein Institute for the Enhancement of Learning Potential. She is a contributing author in the Neuroscience and Christian Formation and Human Development: Equipping Minds with Cognitive Development. She also wrote the Equipping Minds Cognitive Development Curriculum.
Rafaele Joudry MPsych Rafaele 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. Session: Using Music to Change the Brain and Learning
Dr. David Martin Ph.D. 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. Session: Power of Mediated Learning to Increase Thinking, Executive Functioning, and Problem Solving Skills Learning
Kathy Johnson Ms Ed Kathy earned her BS at Clarkson University in Management and Marketing and received her MS Ed from the State University of New York at Albany in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology. She is trained in Therapeutic Listening by Sheila Frick, Primitive Reflexes by Samuel A. Berne, Brain Gym 101, Irlen Screening Certification,
PACE Cognitive Enhancement Program by Learning Rx, Phono-Graphix Reading Instructional Program by Read America, and Introduction to Rhythmic Movement Training. Session: Primitive Reflex Therapy
Dr. Alexandria Sturdevant Ford Alexandria earned her Ed.D from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and MA in Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a BA in Art from the University of North Texas. She is a certified health coach and wellness consultant. Session: Whole person wellness relates to cognitive functions
Clayton Brown BS Clayton has a BS in Counseling from Boyce College and has been an educational specialist with Equipping Minds for eight years. Session: Understanding the Mind of the Struggling Learner
Faith Berens, MA Ed. Faith holds a master’s degree in reading from Shenandoah University. She has over 15 years teaching experience serving as a classroom teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, reading specialist, and educational therapist. Her areas of expertise are early childhood literacy, reading assessment, and the identification and remediation of reading difficulties. Faith is a Special Needs Consultant for HSLDA.
Session: Homeschooling Children with Special Needs – An Individualized Educational Plan
April 15 8:00-5:00 * 8 hours of training
• Dr. Carol Brown Research behind Equipping Minds Participants will learn that 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.
• Dr. Carol Brown: A Holistic approach to cognitive development We know that physical, cognitive, behavioral, and relational skills develop together rather than in isolation. Providing a more holistic approach to build challenge areas and enhance strengths increases confidence, communication skills, memory skills, comprehension, processing skills, and relational skills. Treating the whole person through a multidisciplinary approach will give the best results.
• Dr. Alexandria Ford How whole person wellness relates to cognitive functions : Participants will learn how 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.
• Clayton Brown: Understanding the Mind of the Struggling Learner Clayton will share his personal story of having a severe language processing disorder, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. He’ll take you through his 19 year journey of unending therapies and finally graduating from college on the Dean’s List with no symptoms of his previous challenges. He is a gifted speaker, writer, and educational therapist who is giving hope to leaners who have challenges.
• Dr.Carol Brown: Cognitive functions Feuerstein defines cognitive functions as “thinking abilities” that can be taught, learned, and developed. Feuerstein has categorized the cognitive functions according to the three major phases of the mental act—namely, input, elaboration, and output. Although artificially separated into three phases, they don’t necessarily occur separately in life. However, the subdivision is useful to analyze and describe thinking as well as determine what factors might negatively affect thinking. This model can be used by teachers and parents to better understand and help the child who is experiencing difficulties with a particular task.
• Dr.Carol Brown: Assessing cognitive abilities 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.
April 16 8:00-5:00 * 8 hours of training
• Kathy Johnson Primitive Reflex Therapy Participants will learn seven primitive reflexes, the symptoms associated with each, how to test, and how to integrate. These reflexes help provide the newborn with learning experiences which act as a foundation for more complex muscle movements and later cognitive tasks. The reflexes are integrated in a sequential fashion from 3-11 months. Lack of integration of these reflexes past 6-12 months can interfere with cortical and cerebellum processing and affect learning, movement, and attention.
• Dr. Carol Brown Understanding the visual, auditory, and vestibular system Learn the importance of the vestibular system, visual processing, and auditory processing to learning. Learn the exercises to connect these pathways. The work of Dr. Harold Levinson on the vestibular system and treatment with anti-motion sickness supplements will be examined.
• Dr. Carol Brown Using the New 2018 Workbook & Brown N-Back Single N-back task (1958) and Dual N-back task (2003) have been used in research as a method to train working memory for many years. Some studies have reported near transfer effects but failed to demonstrate far transfer effects confirming that generalization remains elusive. Dr. Carol Brown developed an adaptive n-back with six tasks or the “Brown Six N Back” in which learners were asked to associated animals with symbols, vowels with sound, symbols and colors, numbers with symbols and colors, recall images and sequence of US presidents, identify colors, and identify directions of left, right, up, and down. To Brown’s knowledge, there has not been a Six N-back task which utilizes a human mediator requiring the learner to hear auditory instructions, use their hands to write or place a cube while holding a pattern for six categories, and saying what they are doing. There are over 40 possible items the learner is retrieving from their long-term memory while using their working memory and regions of the brain which contain vowels, numbers, pictures, sounds, directions, and colors. If the learners succeeded at a particular level of n, the task was made incrementally more difficult by increasing the size of n to six and even nine.
• Dr. Carol Brown: ROSES Program Carol will demonstrate the Recorded Online Sessions Equipping Students program with over 500 instructional videos and data collection.
• Dr. Carol Brown Equipping Minds sessions overview Carol will walk participants through the first ten sessions of the program and how to implement in the school day. The lesson plans for the 30 hours of intervention in the Equipping Minds research study will also be discussed.
• Rafaele Joundry: Using music to change the brain and learning with sound therapy Sound Therapy is a unique listening system using new knowledge about the brain. The Sound Therapy program is designed to work synergistically with other treatments, meaning that both methods enhance each other. Based on the discoveries of the ear specialist, Dr. Tomatis, the Sound Therapy method developed by Patricia and Rafaele Joudry is pecially recorded programs of highly filtered classical music are used to rehabilitate the ear and stimulate the brain. Sound Therapy stimulates the ear by presenting it with constantly alternating sounds of high and low tone within the complex structure of classical music. Stimulation via the sensory pathways re-maps the brain, improving the way we understand and process sound. The brain, in turn, sends signals back to the ear to improve its function. As the ear becomes open and receptive to high frequency sounds these are then passed on to the brain. Research has shown that brain function is improved through high-frequency sound. Participants will also listen to sound therapy.
April 17 8:00-5 pm *8 hours of training
• Dr. David Martin Power of mediated learning to increase thinking, executive function, and problem-solving skills David will present the theories of Mediated Learning Experience and Structural Cognitive Modifiability. He will model mediated learning while participants engage in a comparisons exercise and a page of Feuerstein’s Organization of Dots which increase thinking, executive functioning, and problem-solving skills.
• Dr. Carol Brown Aristotle’s Ten Categories for comparisons and comprehension Aristotle’s Ten Categories of Being are the foundation for intelligent thinking. Learn the ten categories and how to use Socratic questioning with a picture. Comprehension is the ability to remember and understand what you read. One can “see” the details of a passage, as well as understand the general concepts. The ancient Greeks were the first to grasp the importance of imagery, or, as we may say today, “making a movie in your mind,” when reading or listening. Many students are taught to simply read the questions at the end of the chapter and find the answers which are NOT reading comprehension. Learn exercises to develop comprehension.
• Dr. Carol Brown Integrating Equipping Minds in the classroom Schools are implementing Equipping Minds in RTI, regular and gifted classroom, and FMD classroom. It is implemented one on one, small group, and in large classrooms. Learn how this is done and how to integrate into different subject areas.
• Faith Bernes Equipping Minds and Homeschooling Students with Learning Challenges 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 homeschool routine.
• Carol Brown Classroom connection to spelling, reading, writing, math, science, and history 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.
*Level 1 Certification in Equipping Minds Cognitive Development Curriculum for those who display competence in the implementation of the program. A certificate of attendance will be provided for all participants who attend all sessions for CEU and PD Credits.
Level 1 Conference Handouts
EM Conference Handout Alexandria Ford Whole-person wellness and Cognitive Function
Home Schooling Children With Special Needs—Equipping Faith Berens
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