Nurture Their Nature: Self-directed neuroplasticity

In my experience, everyone Who Excels In Learning Has Developed A Unique Sense Of Trust In Themselves, Their Gifts, & How They Process Information!! Having been through learning trauma myself, I believe epigentics, self-directed neuroplasticity, and neuropedegogy play a big role in someone overcoming from learning trauma.
Ways to look at neurodifferences holistically: observe and take observational notes on the child…50% Nature- 50% Nurture for which you will read here all about, and I focus on epigenetics, self-directed neuroplasticity, and neuropedgagogy. What Is Epigenetics? Epigenetics is the study of how your behaviors and environment can cause changes that affect the way your genes work. Unlike genetic changes, epigenetic changes are reversible and do not change your DNA sequence, but they can change how your body reads a DNA sequence or even “silences” certain genes. [Retrieved from The Answer to the Nature vs. Nurture Debate.” Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, 30 Oct. 2020,;].
Dyslexia Chromosome 6- This gene encodes a double cortin domain-containing family member. The doublecortin domain has been demonstrated to bind tubulin and enhance microtubule polymerization. This family member is thought to function in neuronal migration where it may affect the signaling of primary cilia. Mutations in this gene have been associated with reading disability (RD) type 2, also referred to as developmental dyslexia.
Epigenetic modulators thus serve to transduce signals from environmental agents, injury, inflammation, aging and other cellular stressors towards modifiers to alter the chromatin states of tumor suppressors or oncogenes and to promote epigenetic flexibility and the acquisition of stem-like features early during:

  • Epigenetic mechanisms form a layer of control within a cell that regulates gene expression and silencing. …
  • Three different epigenetic mechanisms have been identified: DNA methylation, histone modification, and non-coding RNA (ncRNA)-associated gene silencing (“turning off dyslexia”).

For instance, silencing these genes, In these chromosomes…most present in neurodiversity:

17  (cell gene– lNF1 provided by HGNC also ACTL6A ) Recognize- meaning- knowledge (RAS- see also 11 below/ARAS-Thymus)

22 (connection gene– COMT 22 provided by HGNC ) Recall- motivation- wisdom (Pons)

11 (neuronal survival cell gene– DRD2 provided by HGNC ) Remember- meaning & motivation-understanding (see 17 also ARAS//Thymus/Testes)

(Retrieved from

Nature- is the maturation of the brain and body; for the purpose of survival, it’s the ability to perceive, give meaning, learn, and act including motivation along with resilience of our very own environments, and seeking out patterns first. In the field of psychology, emotions are not just our feelings, as some may think. Emotions are our feelings, thoughts, ideas, perceptions, physical sensations and involve the senses and their faculties and systems, all of which start in the mind. They create what we call mindset- needing a calm mindset for equanimity is key. Our God- spiritual mindset regulates every love or fear experience we have and our very purpose of being here on earth. The emotions need to be honored, especially anger and shame. Emotional agility is to move quickly and easily from anger to strength and shame to empathy; For this to happen, you need self-directed neuroplasticity. Retrieved from The ‘theory of mind’ is an assessment of an individual human’s degree of capacity for empathy and strength; as well as our understanding of ourselves and others have a mind, too. Where the mind is located has been a continuous debate- I propose that the mind at least begin in our very own thymus. The thymus is the center of both our higher and lower self. It is the epicenter of a vagus nerve highway including the interchanges from our gut-brain axis, to our Pons, RAS including CAN: ACC and HPA (both housed with-in the brain) which all control every system, sense, and function; basically, every aspect of the human being. The thymus aka “leb” can be overtaken by love or fear- it’s where our consciousness and super consciousness (ARAS- chakras 12+ consciousness and subconscious conjoin in unity) begins and ends.

“Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment” (Definition of Neuroplasticity, 2020). Also, I’m needing to mention developmental trauma and learning something new, switching content and context frequently!!

When a child with neurodifferences is learning something new or stressful, if mindset is perceived with anger (SFD), we can observe lessened neuroplasticity of the midbrain (right lobe) and constant speed shifting (accelerated or and varied) of the prefrontal cortex, frontal lobe along with midbrain (left lobe) and emotional disorders with long-term memory problems. Likewise, if the mindset is perceived with shame (PFD), we can observe lessened neuroplasticity of the prefrontal cortex, frontal lobe along with midbrain (left lobe) and constant speed shifting (slow or and varied) of the midbrain (right lobe) along with more executive functioning issues and short-term memory problems or midbrain. We can attribute this constant speed shifting to the common problems of poor neuroplasticity. Likewise, the lacking a self-directed neuroplasticity such as positive mindset such as mind trusting qualities of belief: I AM worthy (autonomy) and I AM enough (attunement), feeling safe and secure in their environment.

There are several other factors for successfully expelling learning apathy such as with gaining resilience (meaning), and motivation such as: sleep, diet, health and wellness, physical activity (body), regulation of vagus nerve (soul- body connection), sometimes even the spirit-soul-body connection (much older teens), gratitude including love of self and others (heart-connection). Also, the environment that most of us live in today causing sensory overload along to consistently multitasking and/or content & context-switching (handling 2 or more tasks at the same time) especially in this complex, non-connected (yet, connected), neurotoxic and EMF toxic infused environment- ALL decreasing our very own electromagnetism and vagal tone.

Mind you again, learning apathy is complicated and that the spirit-soul-body/connection-trust-love disconnection causes maladjustment and belonging in this world. Don’t worry, our spirit, soul, and body connection can also be complicated to a point, if we understand that we are love and not meant for fear. Think about it this way, when your child has a Hypo or Hyper, Total Responsive System Dysfunction (RSD), their learning decreases due to disconnections to others-themselves, soul-body disconnection of consciousness, perceptions of anger/shame along with assimilation (meaning and motivation) of those perceptions. Sadly, the students who have RSD dysfunctions, they can become labeled Learning Disabled amongst other labels. Therefore, they are not learning effectively, cognitively, or behaviorally on a conscious level nor helped in a way that is revolutionary nor effective.


Thymus (12th chakra and all chakras, high heart & mind)Upper or Higher Heart Chakra (*aka God Unity Chakra, Ascension Chakra, Vagus Nerve Chakra). Vice versus “soul that is the seat of the mind” Retrieved from It is known as “the seat of the soul”, and our Higher Intelligence & Imagination or “The Mind”- for the fact that it: holds a record of traumatic or painful events, dimensional to the subliminal content (see intelligence model below) and ancestral narration. High Heart Chakra, also called the ascended heart chakra, is connected with an organ: the thymus gland which before birth and throughout childhood, the thymus is instrumental in the production and maturation of T-lymphocytes or T cells, a specific type of white blood cell that protects the body from certain threats, including viruses and infections; It plays a role in immunity, autoimmunity, and aging (it’s basically our twin flame and fountain of youth). The human leukocyte antigen (HLA) system or complex is a complex of genes on chromosome 6 in humans which encode cell-surface proteins responsible for the regulation of the immune system.[1] The HLA system is also known as the human version of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) found in many animals.[2] Retrieved from].

Self-directed Neuroplasticity comes from “In The Mind” with ABC’s…work on each daily:

Autonomy & Attunement for Recognize- meaning- knowledge (Subconscious- RAS- see also 11 below/ARAS-Thymus)

  • Music and art therapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Relax by interrupting your anxious thinking
  • Guided imagery
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Listen to soothing music
  • Say daily affirmations

Contemplation- Ras/ HPA & ACC/Gut – to know, perceive, recognize, have, aware, cognizant, do laugh, reverence, ask, repent, reconciliation.

Body & Breath for Recall- motivation- wisdom (Conscious- Pons)

  • Meditation
  • Tai chi
  • Yoga
  • Take a walk or do some other activity
  • Breath focus
  • Body scan
  • 4-7-8 breathing/Roll breathing/Diaphragmatic breathing
  • Autogenic Training
  • Qigong
  • Progressive muscle relaxation

Contempation- Pons to come, meet, move, reach, arrive, approach, advance, speak love.

Consistency & Connection for Remember- meaning & motivation-understanding (Superconscious- ARAS//Thymus/Testes)

  • Deep breathing
  • Stay present
  • Soak in a warm bath
  • Massage
  • Biofeedback
  • Repetitive prayer
  • Do a bible study/Praise/Worship
  • Self-massage

Is there a worry gene?
Yes… Silence this gene BDNF doing the above activities. Researchers at Yale have identified a gene mutation for “rumination” — the kind of chronic worry in which people obsess over negative thoughts. It’s a variation of a gene known as BDNF that’s active in the hippocampus, an area of the brain involved in thinking and memory. Retrieved from

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Published by Tricia Cook, MEd., Online Dyslexia and Behavioral Interventionist, RSP, AA O-G Tutor & Montessorian

Dyslexia Screenings & Emotional Intensive Intervention - Staff Training - Online Courses- Consultancy- Tutoring-Reliance and Family Coaching I have a unique approach in helping individuals achieve their full potential. With over two and a half decades of experience, I have a passion for learning new techniques and being at the forefront of groundbreaking advancements in education. As a graduate of the renowned Auburn University, I have earned both her BA in ECE and Masters Degree in Secondary with Reading Specialist certification from the University of Alabama. I have experience at the Montessori School in Birmingham which has provided me with valuable insights into the best practices of teaching young minds. I have also developed training programs for teachers, providing essential support to students with neurodiverse needs such as dyslexia, ADHD, and autism spectrum. I have focus on developing a "whole child" pedagogy that caters to all modes of learning, I continually work with Dr. Joseph Nwoye on teaching and learning including DEI. I have helped develop programs and training with SDIG ( in promoting the intersectionality of the complexities and complicated issues of diversity. I have credentials as a reading specialist with a speech pathology background expanded greatly while owning Cook's Independent Tutoring, Coaching, Consulting, LLC. I currently pursuing a Neurodiversity Family Coaching certification in the framework of the CReW Coaching Institute. Again, I have a commitment to being at the forefront of groundbreaking advancements in education. As an enthusiastic learner and educator, I am confident that I have the necessary skills to support others in achieving their goals ( For more information, contact Tricia Cook, Cook's Independent, Tutoring, Coaching and Consulting, LLC. (;

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