"I encourage student growth and development through MNRI, Brain Gym and Educational Kinesiology."
Dr. Joan Spalding is a CORE reflex integration specialist with the Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute®. The Institute, located in Orlando FL specializes in family conferences, clinics, classes, workshops and does individual assessments and treament. The work of the Institute involves therapists doing family conferences, clinics and home sessions in the US and internationally in Poland, France, Indonesia, Singapore, Croatia, Slovenia, Viet Nam and many others.
Since 2012, Dr. Spalding has spent more than 1,400 hours working at family conferences and since 2003 has taken more than 500 hours of reflex integration courses from the Institute.
Since 1989, Dr. Spalding has been an instructor for the Educational Kinesiology Foundation (EKF) and have taught classes throughout the United States and internationally. She is also a current member of the EKF’s research committee examining the validity of research in the field.
Dr. Spalding has been an educator for more than 30 years. She trains people of all ages how to improve sensory motor connections in the brain. In 2005, Dr. Spalding has earned a Ph.D. doctoral program in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Kinesiology and Psychology at Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, CO. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the use of the Brain Gym® exercises in the classroom as it related to focus, behavior and physical coordination.
As an educational consultant, for the past 19 years, Dr. Spalding has taught classes for Colorado State University in Educational Kinesiology. She emphasizes the use of the educational model, Brain Gym, which stimulates the frontal lobes of the brain and increases the ability to develop more effective ways of learning. These exercises are successful to promote simpler ways of learning.
As part of the Supplemental Educational Services Program for the state of Colorado, Dr. Spalding developed an after school program called SOAR (Students Organizing and Reaching Goals). This program incorporates the Multiple Intelligences theory, Brain Gym exercises and the Orton Gillingham multi-sensory academic methods in an experiential language arts and mathematics enrichment program.
Dr. Spalding's professional career with the MNRI Institute and the Educational Kinesiology Foundation involves working with people who have learning challenges, who may be diagnosed with the following challenges or who have experienced trauma, stroke and brain injuries, dyslexia, ADHD or who have experienced trauma, stroke, and brain injuries.
|ADHD Inattentive & Hyperactive||Aspergers|
|Dyslexia||Emotionally Disturbed ED|
|Executive Function Disorder||Express/Receptive Language Delays|
|Fetal Alcohol Syndrom||Learning Disability|
|Oppositional Defiance Disorder||Post Traumatic Stress Disorder|
Dr. Spalding has been a member of the Rotary International organization since 1990. In 1991, she volunteered for a one year program to teach Brain Gym at universities for teachers and psychologists in Russia, Latvia and Tajikistan. In the subsequent 14 years, she continued this program on one-month assignments.
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