The Jacob’s Ladder perspective for children who have experienced a stroke looks beyond the diagnosis to the whole child. As a stroke can happen in different areas of the brain that are responsible for different functions and cognitive processes, we assess each child based on their current level of function. The Jacob’s Ladder Methodology harnesses the premises of neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to change based on the input and stimulation it receives. The main way the brain to able to change by providing a variety of new input to all the senses and doing whole body movements.
Children who have experienced a stroke and subsequent loss of function will have a program with a large emphasis placed on cross-lateral movements and early reflexes. Cross-lateral movements require both sides of our body to work together or in opposition to each other, such as walking with an opposite arm swing. These movements are highly integral to overall function as they allow for communication among both sides of the brain.