Brain-Based and Trauma-Informed Approach
At PranaMind Center we utilize a strength-based approach to assessment to provide individualized strategies helping to create an optimal environment for brain functioning and improvement.
Emotional disturbances, neurodevelopmental disorders, and many other challenges youth face stem from complex and multilayered factors. Trauma is one of the more studied causes of neurodevelopmental disorders. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study highlighted trauma as a causal factor in neurodevelopmental deficits and brain dysfunction, which can result in emotional and behavioral problems as well as physical and cognitive impairment.
Children, for example, who experience trauma can develop a pattern of neuron firing (neurocircuitry) that maintains a high level of persistent sympathetic tone (fight, flight or freeze) that can adversely affect their emotional regulation, behavior and ability to learn. Such children tend to be diagnosed and treated based on their set of symptoms. Where and how the child receives services will depend on the diagnoses. A diagnosis of a learning disorder will lead to services within the educational system and a diagnosis of a mental health disorder will lead to services within the mental health system. Unfortunately, most mental health practitioners are not trained to identify, nor treat, the neurodevelopmental disorders that may underly or contribute to the emotional and behavioral symptoms. Mental health approaches may help the child manage symptoms but do not necessarily improve the underlying neurodevelopmental issues.
At PranaMind Center, we see brain impairment as an opportunity to inform and to have a positive impact on families who have, most often, become accustomed to living in crisis. Our combination of modalities (low and high-tech) help us craft an optimal blend of evidence-based and practice-based protocols for our clients.