Success Stories:
PTSD

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Building a Toolbox

Through individualized programs, clients gain awareness and become empowered to implement strategies that work for them. Each individual's "toolbox"  of strategies helps them understand their feelings, regulate their emotions, and achieve their specific goals.

PTSD

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 could not access his language and would often visibly shut down. He would scream, cry, hit, and kick when triggered by challenging schoolwork, feeling unsafe or in control, and being hungry or tired.  The family expressed significant distress and experienced great challenges.  Following 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 accessing self-regulation.

Goal #2: Identifying and working through problems.

Goal #3: Communicating effectively.

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

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

We tracked the progress of these goals by monitoring behaviors and measuring responses. As Thomas developed the proper connections between specific brain areas, 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 skills development. Working with his provider in an atmosphere of trust and unconditional positive regard, his behavior was measured daily in relation to his goals. As connections developed between areas in Thomas' brain, he experienced tremendous gains in his emotional, behavioral, and communication functioning and significant academic gains.

Starting at Jacob's Ladder

  1. Remained in a constant state of fight or flight 

  2. Difficulty trusting others and feeling safe

  3. Exhibited little to no distress tolerance

1 Year Later

  1. Showed increased ability to self-regulate during difficult moments

  2. Built and maintained relationships with others 

  3. Demonstrated appropriate responses to challenge point academic material

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

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