Did you know that brains are "built" from the bottom-up and inside-out, just like a house? Ever notice that on a rough day you just don't feel or act like yourself? That's because when lower levels of our brain are impacted, the top parts of our brain just don't work the same. When we have lots of rough days, it can literally begin to change the structure of our brains - especially during the first 18 years of life.
Brain mapping is a way of describing how Dr. Julie and others conceptualize functioning - including understanding a person's unique "house build". While we may all have brains jiggling around up there, each of us has a unique way of functioning and processing the world around us based on how we were raised, life experiences, and biology. Working "bottom-up" creates success.
Functional Domains of Brain Mapping:
-Attention/Distractibility lay foundation for
-Coordination/Large Motor Skills & Fine Motor skills which provide strength for
-Relational Skills, Affect Regulation/Mood, & Threat Response to develop, in turn supporting
-Reading/Verbal Skills, Math/Logic, Reactivity/Impulsivity & Communication/Language Skills to flourish.
Dr. Julie knows a lot of really cool things about the brain that can really help make a big difference in day to day life or performance in work/school. From brain mapping and complex evaluations to simple meeting someone "where they are at", Dr. Julie uses a variety of tools to better understanding brain "hiccups" or difficulties so that she can create a systematic support plan, help you understand yourself (or your child) better, and depersonalize challenges. She focuses on supporting lower areas of the brain, before moving on to more complicated layers of each person's "house build", so that the foundations are stabilized in a healthy way. Read on!
All graphics are based on Neurosequential Model in Education Training concepts developed by
Dr. Bruce Perry, Child Trauma Academy
& are created by Dr. Julia Barta for educational purposes.
Our brains are here to try and keep us safe. Have you ever caught yourself saying, "What were you thinking!?". The truth is, you might not have been thinking. When brains are dysregulated, they are unable to effectively access the parts of our brain that engage in effective relational skills and thinking. That's why each part of Dr. Julie's work revolves around regulating (or soothing the brain) first, then building relationships (relate), before engaging reasoning skills.
Varying levels of stress effect us all in similar ways. While we all have different ways of expressing our difficulties, there are many commonalities within stress responses that can be directly attributed to how much of our brains are "turned on" or "turned off" by trauma, stress, or adversity. Varying levels of stress can impact our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and even cognitive performance.
Ever wonder why a small problem can get a big reaction? Or why some people can handle big challenges while others crumble? A lot of it has to do with the "Intimacy Barrier" - something largely established in our brains during early childhood and infancy. Based on interactions, responsiveness, and attunement to needs, we develop "templates" in our brains that are responsive to that environment - healthy and supportive, or toxic and unresponsive. These "templates" that are created in our brains are forgiving - a parent only needs to be attuned to their child's needs about half the time to build a healthy foundation.
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