Success Stories:
Trauma Response

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Building a Toolbox

Through their model of care, students gain awareness and become empowered to implement strategies that work for them. Each individual's strategy "toolbox" helps them understand their feelings, regulate their emotions, and achieve desired outcomes.

Trauma Response

Student Name: Thomas
Age: 12
Diagnosis: Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD

Functional Challenges: At the age of 10, Thomas was experiencing a high degree of anxiety and would escalate to explosive behaviors frequently. During moments of heightened emotionality, he was unable to access his language, and would often visibly shut down. He would scream, cry, hit, and kick when triggered by issues like challenging schoolwork, not feeling safe or in control, and being hungry or tired.  The family expressed significant distress and experienced great challenges.  Following some unsuccessful educational placements, Thomas enrolled in the HOPE School full-time in August 2020. Through the evaluation process, we identified three goals for Thomas:

Goal #1: Facing the feeling of anxiety and self-regulating

Goal #2: Identifying working through problems

Goal #3: Communicating effectively rather than aggressively

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

We identified top 10 hypo coherent connections and top 10 hyper coherent connections and developed his individualized model of care to normalize these connections.

We tracked progress of these goals by  monitoring behaviors and measuring responses. As Thomas developed the proper connections between specific areas of his brain, he experienced tremendous gains in his emotional, behavioral, and relational functioning.

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"I see him now being the little boy he was before he was hurt. It's a miracle! He's getting his life back and we are, too."

​- Thomas' Parents

Thomas' Program and Functional Gains

This plan included learning to self-regulate and self-advocate with proven tools and development of skills. Working with his teacher in an atmosphere of trust and unconditional positive regard, his behavior was measured daily in relationship to his goals. As  connections between areas in his brain, he experienced tremendous gains in his emotional, behavioral, and communication functioning, as well as significant academic gains.

August 2020

  1. Constant fight or flight

  2. No ability to trust others

  3. Zero distress tolerance

August 2021

  1. Able to model appropriate response to challenge point material, with a positive outlook 

  2. Calm and centered

  3. Makes and maintains relationships, usually as an initiator

Find out how Jacob's Ladder helps children who have experienced trauma maximize their potential.

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Roswell, Georgia 30075

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