What are the right tools for cognitive-developmental therapy for children and adults to remember, connect, communicate? This is a question we address daily at Equipping Minds.
Many children and adults have tried tutoring, medication, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and vision therapy. However, they typically have done these in isolation and were only seen twice a week for 30-60 minutes. While there has been some improvement, we have seen that the combination or “cross-training” the brain in many areas five-seven days a week for an hour a day over three-four months allows the neuropathways to connect.
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. Contact us for more details about our approach.
What makes the Equipping Minds Cognitive Therapy holistic?
Equipping Minds Cognitive Therapy Exercises: One-on-One cognitive therapy, using the Equipping Minds Cognitive Development Workbook by Dr.Carol Brown. Cognitive therapy is fully integrated system of drills and training exercises that are delivered in an intense, one-on-one environment, and are designed to attack and rapidly correct week or underdeveloped cognitive learning skills. It is not designed to tutor or teach academic subjects, rather it will develop the underlying skills requited to learn effectively. Cognitive skills-auditory processing, visual processing, working and long term memory, comprehension, logic and reasoning, and attention skills – are foundational to a person’s ability to receive, process, and retain information. The program strengthens these skills allowing one to learn efficiently.
Cognitive therapy is a form of cognitive educational therapy that helps to develop new and repair broken neuro-transmitters. Each piece of the program is important to the strengthening of working memory, processing speed, visualization, and auditory deficits; therefore each exercise (eye, primitive reflex, and sound) is vital to the success of the student. It is imperative that you set aside time each day for the program. This includes weekends.This program is designed for five one hour therapy sessions per week in concurrence with the programs listed below implemented at home. Most individuals will complete the program in 12 weeks. The Cognitive Therapy program is a holistic program. Participation in the entire program is imperative. Partial participation will yield partial results. Dr. Brown’s research study has been accepted for publication for April 2018 in an international medical journal.
- 30-60 minute Equipping Minds cognitive therapy session 5 days a week (30 minute sessions may be recommended for younger children). In addition to the cognitive therapy session, the following should be completed at home:
- 10 mins EyeCanLearn if needed
- 15 mins primitive reflex exercises for 45 days with Maintaining Brains Everyday
- 1 hour Sound Therapy – you may turn the sound down so that you can just hear it. Wear while doing the cognitive exercises. This is a passive exercise. Engage in conversation, work, or sleep. Sound Therapy is just as effective sleeping as it is if you concentrate on the music/stories. It is a passive therapy.
- Meclizine for vestibular therapy if needed. Please consult Dr. Brown on the recommended dosage. Recommend Rugby brand 12.5 meclizine from Amazon. Begin with 6mg in the morning and 6mg in the afternoon.
* Most of the information provided on this page is from the Equipping Minds Workbook, Cognitive Development Curriculum, Brown (2015)
Additional Research-Based Programs
- Dr. Reuven Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment
- Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing® (LiPS® )
- On Cloud Nine®
- Seeing Stars®
- Visualizing and Verbalizing for Language Comprehension and Thinking®
Sensory-Motor Development Tools
- Primitive Reflex Exercises
- QRI Reflex Integration
††Disclaimer: Equipping Minds is NOT Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes nor is it affiliated with, certified, endorsed, licensed, monitored or sponsored by Lindamood-Bell, Nanci Bell, Phyllis Lindamood, or Pat Lindamood. Lindamood-Bell – an international organization creating and implementing unique instructional methods and programs for quality intervention to advance language and literacy skills in no way endorses or monitors the services provided by Equipping Minds.