Success Stories:
Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Student Name: Christina
Age: 12
Diagnoses: Autism Spectrum Disorder,
Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Dyspraxia

Functional Challenges: Christina entered Jacob's Ladder, exhibiting primal displays of emotionality, immense social anxiety, and language challenges that prevented social engagement and meaningful exchanges with others.

Based on Christina's evaluation, including a qEEG brain map, we identified and measured where communication flow was lacking in Christina's brain (hypo-coherence) or was locked and overly used (hyper-coherence).

Her individualized model of care was developed to normalize connections between her top 10 hypo-coherent connections and top 10 hyper-coherent connections. Over three years, she engaged in specific activities in The Ladder environment focused on achieving her emotional-behavioral goals:

Goal #1 Implement perspective-taking in social relationships.

Goal #2 Establish a working understanding of perseverative (insistently repetitive) thoughts related to present-minded thinking.

Goal #3 Develop awareness of the mind-body connection during cognitive endeavors to maintain homeostasis.

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"There is a light at the end of every tunnel. Having autism doesn’t mean it’s the end, it means that there’s a different way that the child can learn; if you have a child with autism, and you can figure out how to get them here, this place has worked miracles."

​- Christina's Parents

Christina's Program and Functional Gains

Christina's individualized plan included learning to self-regulate and self-advocate with proven tools and skills development. Working with her provider in an atmosphere of trust and unconditional positive regard, her behavior was measured daily with her goals. As Christina developed the proper connections between areas in her brain, she experienced tremendous gains in her emotional, behavioral, and communication functioning and significant academic gains.

Starting at Jacob's Ladder

  1. Demonstrated primal displays of emotionality

  2. Navigated immense social anxiety

  3. Struggled with language challenges that prohibited social engagement and meaningful exchanges with others

September 2019

  1. Employed self-referencing and perspective-taking to advocate for her needs in the moment appropriately

  2. Participated in social gatherings and grew relationships with peers

  3. Increased levels of processing allowed for higher levels of output in academics and the production of more complex language

Christina's Brain Improvement

Our Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care achieves transformational outcomes that clients and families experience daily. Below, Christina's neural connection improvements can be seen through updated qEEG measurements.

The communication flow between Christina's Prefrontal Cortex and Anterior Cingulate Gyrus lacked -3.75 standard deviations from a normalized connection.

Through Christina's individualized model of care, activities were implemented that improved the communication flow to +0.32 standard deviations from a normalized connection.

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The communication flow between Christina's Orbital Frontal Association Cortex and Temporal - Primary Auditory Cortex was locked and/or overly used by +6.18 standard deviations from a normalized connection.

Through Christina's individualized model of care, activities were implemented that improved the communication flow to +0.09 standard deviations from a normalized connection.

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Areas of Focus

Prefrontal Cortex (Left)

  • Planning and evaluating complicated goal-directed behavior
  • High-level cognitive reasoning, including making inferences about other people
  • Analyzing risk versus benefit
  • Attention
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Anterior Cingulate Gyrus (Left)

  • Self-evaluation
  • Evaluative judgment and precautionary reasoning
  • Interpretation and synthesis of almost all sensory input
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Orbital Frontal Association Cortex (Right)

  • Modulation of affect: empathy, consequences of actions, self-expression, willpower, planning
  • Inferencing about other people
  • Executive control of behavior
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Temporal - Primary Auditory Cortex (Right)

  • Hearing different frequencies, pitch, intensities, and acoustic patterns
  • Mirror neurons
  • Visual/spatial working memory
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