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About Us

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Thank you for visiting BrainWorks. My name is Dr. Mary Mollway-McKone and I am the founder and owner. You can view my CV here.

I have been an educator for the last 30 years, serving as a classroom teacher, curriculum coordinator, and site administrator. Most recently, I served as the Assistant Head of School at a private school for students with dyslexia. In those 25+ years, I always gravitated toward students who were not experiencing academic success. I started my career working with English learners and spent the last fifteen years focusing on students with significant reading disabilities. 

In 2005, I began studying Brain Gym under Dr. Paul Dennison and was fascinated by the use of simple movements to improve brain function, movement, and emotional regulation. I quickly moved on to other modalities including Rhythmic Movement Training and Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration. Dr. Masgutova's work was pivotal in expanding my understanding of brain development and its impact on learning, sensory development, and emotional regulation. 

These three modalities had a significant impact on me personally and have enabled me to help hundreds of children experience greater levels of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning. As I continued to study, I delved deeper into neuroscience, neurodevelopment, and neuroplasticity. Using this research and applying it to reading instruction has enabled me to help children who have not responded to other interventions in the past. 

Marrying the research of primitive and primary reflex patterns, neuroplasticity, and effective educational practices, I have developed an intensive and highly effective approach to literacy that includes multi-system activities, and multi-sensory instruction. This whole-body, all-systems approach has enabled me to break the code for every child I have ever worked with.  

In 2016, I had the opportunity to deliver a TEDx talk in Temecula, CA entitled BrainMoves (you can view this on the home page) on primitive reflex patterns and their relationship to learning and developmental challenges. 

In 2019, I completed my doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and was awarded the Leadership in Education Award by Walden University. 

In addition to BrainWorks, I serve as an adjunct professor for two universities in the teacher education and Masters in Curriculum programs. 

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