Roadmap to success

Kathy Johnson will talk about how to deal with learning disabilities.

Kathy Johnson will talk about how to deal with learning disabilities. Submitted Photo

— Cohen said it’s nearly impossible to pinpoint challenges faced by children with disabilities because each case is different. He’s hoping Johnson can shed some light on how to give children the help that they need.

“Whether they have autism or dyslexia issues … they present by degree. With special needs you really have a wide range of issues,” said Cohen. “Some might create learning disabilities, behavioral issues, attention deficits. You need solutions for all of that.”

Johnson is confident that her Pyramid of Potential can provide the help and encouragement local parents are searching for.

The method starts with addressing mind and body, then neurological development (focusing on vision and hearing) and finally moving on to cognitive development (memory, processing and attention).

“Once those things are in place, a person can pretty much learn what they need to learn,” said Johnson. “The programs that schools have in place for reading and writing and math are already excellent but if a child is struggling in school for more than a year, then it’s not the teacher and not the method but probably brain development.”

During “mind and body,” a person might see a nutritionist to identify what’s causing the brain to not create the neurotransmitters it needs to, which Johnson said could be a cause for attention deficit. Things like massage therapy, yoga or deep breathing are also recommended to cut down on stress. The books and DVDs offer various occupational therapy techniques and exercises to address neurological development.

Johnson said the feedback she’s received has been exactly what she hoped for.

“There was a 10-year-old girl adopted who is able to sleep in her own bed for the first time in her life. A girl, who after listening therapy, could hear the teacher — nobody knew she couldn’t hear the teacher,” said Johnson. “Some children have gone out of special ed and into mainstream classes. It’s been amazing … there’s not one thing that works for every child.”

Johnson’s book and products are available online at www.pyramidofpotential.com or at major booksellers.

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