William is a bright, social almost 5-year old boy with lots of energy and a big personality who enjoys playing with trucks, cars, and dinosaurs. He has made lots of friends among the students and staff at Jacob’s Ladder.
William started programming during the summer of 2014. He has worked incredibly hard over the past year and made some incredible strides. His first re-evaluation was in May 2015 and after taking the summer off to spend some quality time with family, he began his new program at the beginning of this school year.
William’s new program focuses is four-fold: to increase his sequential auditory and visual processing ability, build expressive communication by utilizing the Jacob’s Ladder Whole Brain Language Program, ensure proper brain organization through gross motor and cross-lateral activities, and to start introducing letters and numbers.
William began processing by working one-step directions that aim to build a neural pathway requiring him to take in information, process it, retrieve it, and give the appropriate output. After mastering 50 one-step directions, William began working a variety of auditory and visual processing activities consisting of 2 pieces of information. During the 2014-2015 school year, he increased his processing ability from working 2’s, through 3’s, and will soon begin bridging from 3’s to 4’s. Functionally, we are able to process amounts of information that correlate with our chronological age and increase our working amounts by 1 per year. William is right on target for a 4 year old. Previously, he didn’t have any imaginative play skills, due to difficulty processing 1-step directions. Now that he’s able to process at higher amounts, William’s imaginative play is emerging.
Another processing activity William has been working is “Do This,” which works visual processing and motor planning skills. William is asked to replicate a variety of multi-step motor planning sequences. William began with Do This 2’s, a series of 2 step actions, and is currently working on Do This 4’s. While this activity is at William’s challenge point due to the need to process 4 steps, he is able to retain them and is working on putting them in the correct order.
William has also made incredible progress with his language over the past year. His initial program included a spontaneous language log to record all of his independent verbalizations. Soon William was talking too much for us to be able to record it all! Now he walks down the hall and greets peers by name and is keeping his teachers and parents on their toes with all his original thoughts and questions.
William also began blending into our Learning Environment 1 (LE1) classroom at two strategic times throughout the day to work on language in a social setting. One of his first activities each morning is morning check-in, which is a time for all the students to discuss what the day of the week is, what the weather is like, and how they are feeling. William is doing a great job with learning how to interact with his peers.
Halfway through his day, William blends back into LE1 for Brain Gym, where a variety of gross motor and cross-lateral activities are done in a group setting. William enjoys spending the time with his peers and at the same time he is working activities that reinforce his program focus on cross-lateral movement.
During the re-evaluation, William had difficulty completing higher level coordination activities, including jumping jacks. But after blending into Brain Gym daily, he is already starting to show improvement with them.
William is now working on initial academics, beginning with receptive identification of uppercase letters and numbers 1-20. To help with letter recognition, he has a “Letter of the Day” and has begun building letters through Handwriting Without Tears.
William has also accomplished many milestones over the past few months. After struggling with potty training, and completing 2 weeks of the Jacob’s Ladder potty protocol, he is now completely potty trained and is sleeping through the night without any accidents. Also, this past spring William began playing soccer with a neuro-typical team. While he was sensitive to the shin guards and cleats initially, after putting them on and taking breaks to kick a soccer ball with his teachers, William was soon able to wear them without a problem.
We’re so proud of William for all his accomplishments and are looking forward to all the great things he will achieve in the next year!