Success Stories:
Emotional, Behavioral & Relational Challenges

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Emotional, Behavioral & Relational Challenges

Student Name: Joseph
Age:
12
Diagnoses: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Anxiety, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Dyslexia, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Emotional Behavioral Disorder

Functional Challenges: Joseph entered Jacob's Ladder, exhibiting heightened anxiety that regularly caused fight or flight responses. He could not manage stress during social experiences or typical academic expectations. He had limited independence and was overly attached to his parents.

Using a qEEG brain map, we identified and measured areas of his brain where communication flow was lacking (hypo coherence) or was locked and overly used (hyper coherence).

His top 10 areas of challenge within the brain became the focus of his model of care that identified three primary goals:

Goal #1: Gain a better understanding of emotions in the moment to self-monitor and problem-solve.

Goal #2: Control aggressive behavior.

Goal #3: Stay engaged in the learning process to succeed academically.

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"While we initially kept thinking about his future, like how we are going to keep him out of the hands of law enforcement and ensure he is an income-earning, productive citizen - our standards were shrinking. Now they are starting to open up again.”

- Joseph's parents

Joseph's Program and Functional Gains

Over nine months, specific activities were implemented in his individualized model of care to normalize connections of the brain regions that showed under- or over-activity. With providers who guided his program with unconditional positive regard and unwavering support, Joseph learned to practice tools outlined in the Zones of Regulation curriculum and the Facing Your Feelings Dialectical Behavior Therapy Module to better understand his emotions in the moment. His concentration, ability to manage his feelings and thoughts, and independence grew daily. Consistent behavioral measurement helped him stay on track and celebrate successes regularly.

Starting at Jacob's Ladder

  1. Heightened anxiety levels that elicited a fight-or-flight response as his typical baseline

  2. Minimal distress tolerance during social experiences or under typical academic expectations

  3. Extreme anxiety and attachment to his parents with little ability for independence 

9 Months Later

  1. Dramatic decrease in anxiety and increase in self-regulation abilities – his baseline response was no longer fight-or-flight

  2. Tolerated academic and social expectations, made friends, and accomplished significant academic gains

  3. Developed independence and healthy autonomy from his parents

Joseph's Brain Improvement

Joseph, alongside his providers and care team, worked hard to develop a strong neurodevelopmental foundation and experienced academic gains and improvements within his emotional, behavioral, and relational functioning. Below are examples of two connection improvements as shown through follow-up qEEG brain mapping.

The communication flow between Joseph's Orbital Frontal Association Cortex and Anterior Cingulate Gyrus was lacking by -3.40 standard deviations from a normalized connection.

Through Joseph's individualized model of care, activities were implemented that improved the communication flow to -1.16 standard deviations from a normalized connection.

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The communication flow between Joseph's Anterior Cingular Gyrus and Temporal Gyrus was locked and/or overly-used by +3.13 standard deviations from a normalized connection.

Through Joseph's individualized model of care, activities were implemented that improved the communication flow to +0.51 standard deviations from a normalized connection.

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Areas of Focus

Orbital Frontal Association Cortex (Right)
  • Making inferences about other people
  • Modulation of affect, empathy, consequences of actions, self-expression, willpower
  • Planning and executing complicated goal-directed behavior
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Anterior Cingulate Gyrus​ (Right)
  • Moral reasoning
  • Evaluating emotional words
  • Influences the brainstem, the amygdala, and insula – for mood and affect
Anterior-Cingulate-Gyrus​-(Right)
Anterior Cingulate Gyrus (Right)
  • Hub of the emotional brain
  • Mood stability and mood swings
  • Executive network functions, including inductive and deductive reasoning
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Temporal Gyrus (Right)
  • Experiencing emotional stimuli – fear and threat
  • Moral judgments
  • Mood regulation
Temporal-Gyrus​-(Right)

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