My Elbert: Neurodiversity & The Thymus

In my experience, everyone Who Excels In Learning Has Developed A Unique Sense Of Trust In Themselves, Their Gifts, & How They Process Information!! -Tricia Cook
  • A lot of people have experienced problems during their childhood; lasting into adulthood.
  • It’s a combination of life events, psychological experiences and effects, and genetic factors.
  • Today, there’s a high prevalence in “learning with trauma” and people with troubled minds.

A very important study shows acute stress as a result of childhood maltreatment to accelerated early maturation of the immune system. Acute psychosocial stress states stimulate the secretion of an antibody type protein that is decisive in the first immune defense against infection, but only after puberty. However, children with a history of maltreatment present a similar response to that of adolescents, which suggests there is an early maturation of the immune system in these cases. [Retrieved from].

Again, speaking of the “whole person”- we know epigenetics relating to learning influences of intergenerational anger and shame (adults sometimes hatred/grief) have the ability of being healed and determines which genes will be expressed or “silenced”, which determines how our own sensory, perceptions systems will function; as well, our very own cognition. The main goal is to take action to heal of our very own DNA holistically through exercises and activities which block or ease the production of specific inflammatory proteins (toxicity) excreted by the gut-brain axis, decreasing biochemical reactions that happen between the Pineal, Pituitary, Adrenal & Carotid Glands along with by activating and aligning the Thymus (via vagus nerve chakra) and Pons, RAS (ARAS) & ACC/HPA (energy centers-wheels- crown, alta major and soma chakras) causing a decrease in deficiencies while regulating our own biofields (including electromagnetic fields). This is the divine stamp where you are regulated and experiencing harmony, honor, wisdom, and becoming devoted to your purpose including but not limited to: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. ‘ Galatians 5:22-23

You need to, again, speaking of the “whole child”- you need to examine every aspect of their learning, not just the end goal or result which is literacy and their appropriate learning behavior. Anonymous author, “DNA works by way of the same principles as the mind and neurons of the brain and body.” Variations in individual “educational attainment” (essentially, whether students complete high school or college) cannot be attributed to inherited genetic differences. That is the finding of a new study reported in Science magazine (Rietveld et al., 2013). According to this research, fully 98% of all variation in educational attainment is accounted for by factors other than a person’s simple genetic makeup. Ways to look at neurodifferences holistically: observe and take observational notes on the student…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,;;].

‘but let it be [the inner beauty of] the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit, [one that is calm and self-controlled, not overanxious, but serene and spiritually mature] which is very precious in the sight of God. ‘ 1 Peter 3:4

Epigenetics comes to Life: Neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) encompass a broad group of conditions characterized by alterations in the development of the central nervous system (CNS), resulting in varying degrees of cognitive and/or behavioral symptoms. Several conditions are grouped under the diagnosis of NDD, including intellectual disability (ID), learning disorders, communication disorders, motor disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum condition (ASC), epileptic encephalopathies (EE), and schizophrenia (SZ) [1, 2]. In the “Journal Nature Neuroscience”: Intelligence ‘Networks’ Discovered In Brain For The First Time, 2015-“Remarkably, they found that some of the same genes [M1 & M3] HERE that influence human intelligence in healthy people were also the same genes that cause impaired cognitive ability and epilepsy when mutated.” “Also, studies show that autistic people have a 20% risk of having epilepsy and that people with epilepsy have a 20% chance of being autistic. The reason for this may be that the effects of epilepsy and autism spectrum condition (ASC) on brain structure and function overlap. Chromosome 12-GRIN2B The NMDA receptors mediate a slow -permeable component of excitatory synaptic transmission in the central nervous system. The early expression of this gene in development suggests a role in brain development, circuit formation, synaptic plasticity, and cellular migration and differentiation. Naturally occurring mutations within this gene are associated with neurodevelopmental disorders including autism spectrum condition, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, epilepsy, and schizophrenia.

Autism spectrum condition (ASC) and dyslexia are both neurodevelopmental disorders with high prevalence in children. These two disorders share common genetic risks remain elusive. DOCK4 (dedicator for cytokinesis 4), a guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) for the small GTPase Rac1, is one of few genes that are associated with both autism spectrum condition (ASC) and dyslexia. Dock4 is important for neuronal development and social behaviors. Likewise, recent research examining polygenetic risk has revealed several significant associations between dyslexia risk and genetic liability to several neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders and problems (Gialluisi et al., 2020). Thus, polygenic inheritance is the phenotypic trait that is not a single gene trait but a cumulative expression of multiple genes. What are other polygenic inheritance examples? Human phenotypes or human physical traits such as hair color, height, skin color, blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, cancer, arthritis, intelligence, autism, and longevity. However, these conditions are not just genetic since polygenes can be influenced by environmental factors. [Retrieved from;;;;].

Note: New research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London has found that some processes behind the early development of GABAergic neurons, neurons that produce the main inhibitory chemical messenger in the central nervous system, are consistent between humans and mice. Many of these disorders have overlapping genetics and phenotypes and changes in striatal and cortical GABAergic neurons have been robustly documented in both autism and schizophrenia.” [Retrieved from].

What is the Interoceptive System? Having trouble with this sense can also make self-regulation a challenge because of physiological processes related to affective feeling. The interoceptive system [also] has special nerve receptors which are located throughout our bodies including internal organs, bones, muscles, and skin. These receptors send information to the brain. The brain interprets this information and uses it to tell us how we feel. The interoceptive system helps our bodies stay in a state of optimal balance, which is known as homeostasis. [Retrieved from]. Especially, it’s hard for those with Interoceptive Discrimination Disorder (IDD), which is a form of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), it is very difficult to distinguish internal feelings from external ones. [Retrieved from].

Note: A study found impaired functional connectivity and autistic-like behaviors in CX3CR1−/− mice lacking responsive microglia (Zhan and others 2014), for example, though this could be due to two reasons: a transient decreased microglial density in postnatal development, or the fractalkine signaling pathway being responsible for the tagging of synapses. Also, a new study expressed by microglia—the immune cells of the central nervous system—TAMs perform bona fide immune-related roles as regulation of inflammation and cytokine secretion both in health and in disease such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, ischemia, and multiple sclerosis. Likewise, TAM receptor MERTK expression is enriched in the central nervous system and in resident innate immune cells where it regulates numerous functions that support brain plasticity. Consistent with other receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs), the TAM receptors become activated following ligand binding, receptor dimerization and subsequent trans-autophosphorylation of the kinase domains to activate intracellular signaling cascades and modulate gene transcription. More specifically, the TAM receptors are activated upon IgL domain binding to the LG-like domains of their ligand [37, 38]. Prior to activation, glutamic acid γ-carboxylation of the Gla domain the ligand Gas6 or Protein S is required [39]. [Retrieved from b73FidTuEOXEratUhsXrvKD9Be9PWOVfCRsYTAG8IDColpka5Lm3EpM;].

Alzheimer’s disease is the most prevalent neurodegenerative disease in aging, affecting approximately 46 million people worldwide. Theories point to a number of potential causes, including age-related changes in the brain, along with genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. These lead to the accumulation of toxic proteins (tau) in the brain—and according to recent evidence, immune system changes—that result in loss of neurons and their connections. To examine how the brain’s immune cells may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease, Dr. Gan and her colleagues first established the molecule fingerprint of individual microglia in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease who carry a mutation in the TREM2 gene that markedly elevates the individual’s risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.

TREM2 is a receptor mainly expressed by microglia in the brain, and among other functions, it signals through an enzyme named AKT to modulate inflammation and metabolism. [Retrieved from;].

Humbled by His Victory for: ‘Then He opened their minds to [help them] understand the Scriptures, ‘ Luke 24:45 Comforter (8) Humbleness (Simple) by His Hope In faith for upon Jesus Holy Name: I know Peace Jesus ‘looked up toward heaven, and with a groan he said, “Effatha!” which means “Open up!” Mark 7:34

And his ears were opened [Their Mind], and the impediment of his tongue was removed, and he began speaking plainly. Mark 7:35

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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. (;

3 thoughts on “My Elbert: Neurodiversity & The Thymus

  1. Dear Tricia

    Hello from the UK. Many thanks for this. I understand the word in Mark 7 v.34 is correctly ‘ephphatha’.

    An anagram of this is ‘aphthae ph’. I understand aphthae relates to tongue ulcers. PH has to do with acidity/alklinity. This would explain the problems, all hidden in the word.

    ‘In the beginning was the Word…’

    Kind regards

    Baldmichael Theresoluteprotector’sson
    Please excuse the nom-de-plume, this is as much for fun as a riddle for people to solve if they wish.

    1. Great insight! I’ve actually added the blood PH Balance into Nurture Their Nature: Going Back to Godly Nature That Is!! Check it out and also wanted to try out Ephphatha Prayer with you…you can read them both here:; Let me know…and God Bless. -Tricia Cook

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