My Elbert: Neurodiversity & Responsive System Dissociation (RSD)

After twenty-five years of being in education, I provide tutoring, consulting, and coaching  on dyslexia and other neurodevelopmental differences. Over the last 15 years, I’ve observed an increasing amount  of affective,  behavioral, sensorial, cognitive, physical, mental, and spiritual  difficulties and differences due to learning with trauma along with an increased number of children being medicated, misdiagnosed, or going undiagnosed; Therefore, I have developed a neuropedagogy that includes my observations and evaluations that looks at the “whole person” using empirical science, my neurodivergent thinking, and holistic wisdom. Where learning is concerned, the “whole person” is important because people are different and so many learn and think differently.

My neuropedagogy allows neuroscience, psychology, psychopathology, holism, Evangelical theology, and education to come into an authentic practice. It really looks at how we all process information differently in space and interconnected time; in brief, we are all wired with dissimilarity for which each neural pathway is connected differently to process the same information that we all can receive. My current practice is a holistic approach to discovery of inner-being, spiritual-growth, and aims to learn how to stimulate new zones of the brain, and increase self-directed neuroplasticity, and create connections (neuropathways) for learning to be successful. Furthermore, it is targeted at naturally stimulating the brains of all types of learners, not only those with students who have learning disabilities.

The Problem: We are seeing children/adults digress with gulf-sized disconnect and low self-esteem. Each child/adult is multidimensional and ALL our systems and senses need to function equalized, activated, and balanced for learning to take place. The triune brain which is the neomammalian complex (RAS- aka neocortex), midbrain (pons- aka limbic system), and forebrain (thymus aka reptilian) is working on a downward function, which makes learning and thinking chaotic in the mind. People are using their mental and emotional bodies to learn, not their etherical body (etheric).

The Solution: When using the etherical body, ALL our faculties, systems, and senses will function equalized, activated, and balanced. The triune brain needs to be working in an upward function (no longer perform in a protective function). With a functional upward system, the child [or adult] can trust themselves and their gifts and learning uniquenesses through spiritual mindset with self-directed neuroplasticity through ABC’s and atonement meaning God awareness (eventually unity) through PYAM Daily. They’re offered the freedom arising from conditions within the brain, senses, or sense organs and not directly caused not by external stimuli but the knowing with-in themselves which is patience for understanding and trusting in their subjective, divergent mind. 

Yes, I do believe the disconnect for students, families, and schools. It’s in the Spiritual Development…

The disconnect happens in these domains: (intellectual)- what is right, (moral) what is good, and (imaginative)  what is best; meaning, His Divine Will for us in design, plan, and purpose for yourself and meekness towards others! Affirmation (Blessing of Thanksgiving, heart):  Do not be conformed to this world ([modern],this age) [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable [right, moral] and perfect Will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. Romans 12:2 AMPC 

What is a Subjective Mind? Subjective  mind, which wants to comprehend the world by self-realization, consciousness and is open to different interpretations of same objects viewed through different lenses. [Retrieved from]. The cerebral cortex is thought to be the seat of conscious  processing in the brain. Rather than being inactivated, specific cells  in the cortex show higher spontaneous activity during general anesthesia  than when awake, and this activity is synchronized across those  cortical cells.  [Retrieved from].

What  Is Conscience? Billy Graham’s Daily Devotion, Nov 09, 2021 Having a good conscience . . .  –1 Peter 3:16  God has put within each one of us something that  cries aloud against us, whenever we do that which we know to be wrong.  Conscience is the detective that watches the direction of our steps and  decries every conscious transgression. Conscience is the built-in power of our minds to pass moral judgments  on ourselves, approving or disapproving  our feelings, actions, thoughts, and  plans, and telling us, if what we have done is assessed as wrong, that  we deserve to suffer for it. Conscience has in it two elements:  an  awareness of certain things as being right or wrong, and an ability to  apply laws and rules to specific situations. Conscience insists on  judging us, and insist on judging us by the highest standard we know.   So we sometimes call it God’s voice in the soul, and in a sense it is. Retrieved from

 What is Conscience/Righteousness- Intellectual-Moral aka “The Perfect” (Pure Heart)? The moral feeling, by which we mean a sense of the difference between  right and wrong, would seem to be a part of the native furnishing of the  mind.  Conscience is a vigilant eye  before which each imagination, thought, and act, is held up for either  censure or approval. I believe there is no greater argument for the  existence of God in the world today than conscience. There is no greater  proof of the existence of a moral law and Lawgiver in the universe than  this little light of the soul. It is God’s voice to the inner man.  Conscience is our wisest counselor and teacher, our most faithful and  most patient friend. [Retrieved from].

What is Self-Realization/Blamelessness- Imaginative-Moral aka “The Simple” (Clean Mind)?  How can we achieve this state of Being for ourselves? Self  Realization is a term that is becoming increasingly more widely used.   In many ways it is an obscure term, and its meaning is not immediately  apparent.  For many it is a term that means the same as ‘Enlightenment’ –  a word which is similarly something difficult to determine.  However,  the term ‘Self Realization’ is more useful as it actually refers to a  very specific stage in the journey of awakening that Ramana Maharshi and  others described. [Retrieved from].

According to Erik Erikson,  during the first years of school, every child must resolve the  conflicts between a positive self-image and feelings of inferiority. If  children succeed in school, they will develop positive feelings about  themselves and believe that they can succeed in life [Retrieved from] . Likewise, this study aims to investigate the emotional perspective of having  Dyslexia, a specific learning difficulty that not only affects literacy  but many aspects of an individual’s life, from childhood into adulthood [Retrieved from Harm_and_Suicidal_ThoughtsAttempts_as_a_Coping_Strategy]

“And  this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in [full]  knowledge and depth of insight [clear perception], so that you may be  able to discern what is best and may be pure [pure heart] and blameless [clean mind] for the day  of Christ,” Philippians 1:9-10 NIV

What is neurodiversity?

People  with dyslexia and other forms of neurodiversity have sound and language  processing problems. They will struggle to connect letters to sounds  and, mainly difficulties identifying speech sounds and learning how they  relate to letters and words; as well, those with visual processing  difficulties struggle to understand visual information such as letters,  shapes, or objects and problems processing the graphic symbols (mainly,  problems with convergence). Other difficulties related to the absorption  and processing of sounds [sounds especially can be omitted from words  by the student], students with dyslexia most commonly omit letter  sounds, words, phrases in the middle position, then the end, and least  commonly the beginning. When they omit, they might do sound confusions  such as repetition(s), substitution(s), addition(s) or delete  altogether, on the other hand; transversal(s) and reversal(s) are more  common in students with a visual processing difficulties. P.S. I suggest  -have them remember: if it doesn’t look or sound right reread or  rewrite till your brain feels like “it’s just right” [trust your  brain-you are smart, you can do it, and you are love]. Ask me how I can  help you by tutoring, coaching, consulting and/or training!

What is neurodivergency?

 I  consult to help others discover their own/someone else’s  learning uniquenesses, interest, and how to use their gifts and  strengths. Those with a neurodifference usually have a neurodivergency;  meaning, they often have intuitive and insightful, well-developed social  awareness and emotions while possessing a lexicon of words to help with  the synonymous “why’s of dyslexia”. They also have deep and holistic,  list-form type thinking including: problem-solving and  building/constructing abilities, competitive drive, computer skills, and  gaming strategies. They seek their own endeavors of creative,  imaginative, visual, artistic, and visionary skills while taking on  inventing and innovating pursuits. I can also tell you that they may  excel at thinking of “outside the box” solutions, seeing a problem from  many sides, and patterns/spatial relationships along with the ability to  think in 3 dimensions-using our strong evaluation skills and  imagination (capable of observing patterns of: color, shape, size, dimension, rhythm, meter, tone, and chant). They have an innate ability  for caring for people, animals, and nature [Note: sometimes due to  circumstances they go against their own nature in this respect]. Lastly,  I prepare students with unique learning and neurodifferences to connect  to the world with enrichment classes through my program MY ELBERT.

What is neruopedagogy?

My current practice is a holistic, alternative approach to  being and aims to learn how to stimulate new zones of the brain, and  increase self-directed neuroplasticity, and create connections  (neuropathways) for learning to be successful. Furthermore, it is  targeted at naturally stimulating the brains of all types of learners,  not only those with students who have learning differences. You need to  know that my neuropedagogy is based on the following: my own inductive reasoning, logic of evaluation, outside-of-the box type problem-solving  skills, detective sense contributed to my own gift of neurodivergency, gift of knowledge and wisdom (discernment), countless hours of student observations (Montessori), (w)holism, neuroscientific, neuropsychology, educational  research (Orton-Gillingham and “Science of Reading”), and spiritual/religious studies (Nouthetic Counseling) along  with my perpetual care for the “whole person”. We can identify goals and potential solutions to problems which cause emotional turmoil;  seek to improve communication and coping skills; strengthen self-esteem,  and connection (unity) with God; and promote behavior change and optimal mental health and “wellness”.

κοπιάω  (Strong’s #2872 — Verb — kopiao — kop-ee-ah’-o ) (a) “to grow tired with toil,” Matthew 11:28; John 4:6; revelation 2:3 ,  also means (b) “to bestow labor, work with toil,” Romans 16:6;  Galatians 4:11; in John 4:38 , AV, “bestowed (no) labor,” RV, “have  (not) labored,” and, in the same verse, AV and RV, “labored.” See LABOR ,  TOIL , WEARY.

What is discernment  meekness? (Divine Love)

*ARAS- (Woe To Meekness) understand and fear of the Lord  [“…with behavior that is a credit to the summons to God’s service,  living as becomes you] with complete lowliness [in heart]: of mind (humility) and meekness  (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), with patience, bearing with one  another and making allowances because you love one another. Ephesians  4:2 AMPC   Note: Meekness is an attribute of  human nature and behavior that has been defined as an amalgam of  righteousness, inner humility, and patience. Meekness is essentially an  attitude or quality of heart whereby a person is willing to accept and  submit without resistance to the will and desire of someone else.  [Retrieved from].   Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and  humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and  refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. [Jer.  6:16.] Matthew 11:29 AMPC  Lowliness of heart and mind  are indispensable in our approach to our Heavenly Father and our hope of  receiving revelation and sanctification. “Let nothing be done  through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves” (Philippians 2:3).   AND [Jesus] said to His disciples, Temptations (snares, traps set to  entice to sin) are sure to come, but woe to him by or through whom they  come! Luke 17:1 AMPC  Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and  patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer. Romans  12:12 AMPC

Bascially: Discernment of Meekness- Gentleness,

 rids deceit, acting in resentment

by releasing unto trust believing in the Love with trust, lovingkindeness, complete joy (see Mercy)

What is discernment of justice? (Dinvine Honor)

Definition of discernment. 1 : the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure : skill in discerning. 2 : an act of perceiving or discerning something. SEE GRAPH BELOW CALLED GOD’S PERCEPTION.

The maintenance or administration of what is just, especially by the  impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited  rewards or punishments The administration of law, especially the  establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equity The quality of being just, impartial or fair, and when to seek forgiveness of others Simply: Discernment of Justice- Greatness, rids guilt (despair), acting in disrespect or deceit by despising releasing unto believing in the Love of peace-loving, complete faithfulness  (see Grace)


“Ephphatha, Prayer”: Long Version: Includes ARAS w/ PHB and ASN (Always Surely Need) In Unity With The Trinity HERE

Dr. Charles Stanley states, “It is simply [with meekness] dwelling in God’s s presence without any visual or verbal distractions. He encourages believers to just sit in a dark and quiet room with the Lord.” “Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him.”  “We can be tired, weary and emotionally distraught, but after spending time alone with God, we find that He injects into our bodies energy, power and strength.” Charles Stanley, preacher of His Word- The Gospels. [Retrieved from]. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart (power-joy-pons), and with all thy soul (energy-bliss-thymus), and with all thy mind (power-joy-pons) and strength (body-delight-ras-gut).  Mathew 22:37-39

What is the best way to support those with Neurodevelopmental disorders or Neurodiversity in later onset?

I find the best support includes  understanding the impact that a negative social environment, aka  learning with trauma, has on those who have a neurodiversity, or as I  prefer to say “neurodifferent”. My program, My Elbert, was developed to  help those who feel weak and weary due to being neurodifferent including  those working with them. Mainly, I help others to succeed and employ a  positive attitude towards learning and learning environment. Instead of  allowing shame and anger to overwhelm the learner, I focus on bringing  in positive emotions and teaching methods for instance observing when  they are needing calm delight. As well, help the learner with their  learning difference and change their brain with self-directed neuroplasticity [flexibility and adaptability] and atonement. 

I support students with mixed: My Elbert enrichment along with literacy  intervention, and tutoring online classes. These classes/sessions stem  from a hybrid of elements and methods from Montessori- life domains and development with observation, Nouthetic  Counseling- theology, evangelism, behavioral sciences , and Orton-Gillingham methods- practice of reading in research.  I developed this program  due to my own experience and being labeled severely learning disabled.  As  well as, I would like to share I little about myself, I have a  Neurodiversity in Auditory, Visual and Vestibular as well a  Neurodivergency which had made me weak and weary over the span of my life. Basically,  I struggled with anger/shame due to LD (view My Story Of Dyslexia: HERE and ask about my RESUME!)

According to Mark Briscoe, Jesus experienced anger and grief. His anger was a righteous anger for  it had selfless reasons.  He experienced grief when Lazarus died but  not for Lazarus but for the people who loved Lazarus. He knew he would  raise Lazarus. But looking at the people who wept he was grieved. And  you find the shortest verse in the Bible. “Jesus wept.”  He didn’t feel shame or guilt for they imply He would have sinned. 

     Paul says that God has written a certain knowledge of His laws  on every human heart [Rom. 2:14-15], and experience confirms this.  But  conscience can be misinformed, or conditioned to regard evil as good,  or become seared and dull through repeated sin [1 Tim. 4:2].  The  judgments of conscience are only to be received as God’s voice when they  match God’s own truth and law in Scripture.  The conscience must be  educated to judge scripturally.

Superstition  or scruple may lead a person to count as sinful  an action that according to God’s word is not sinful.  But for such a  “weak” conscience [Rom. 14:1-2; 1 Cor. 8:7, 12;]  to go against itself  and do what it mistakenly judges to be wrong would be sin [Rom. 14:23].   Those whose conscience is “weak” should never be pressed to do what  destroys their good conscience.  The New Testament ideal is a conscience free from guilt and  able to guide us in  a holy direction.  The conscience can only be freed  from guilt by the power of Christ’s blood.  Once freed and protected in  its freedom by the gift of justification, the conscience is able to  grow through the teaching of Scripture and the means of grace in  Christian life…

Like my  friend, Al Rosenblum wrote, God made us with an empty place in our hearts that only He can fill. He  fills the spiritual need enabling us to operate lovingly and effectively  in our human relationships. The empty place causes us to have  hunger/thirst for love, affection, appreciation, etc.. We use our   to attach to people and things in our world that we believe will fill  our emptiness. Before salvation which happens in a microsecond of time  when we believe the gospel (death, burial, resurrection of Jesus to  resolve our sin debt with God-Father) we are disconnected from God and  can only attach our hunger & faith to people & earthly things of  the world. We attach our hearts to the things of this life and build a  false belief system around the idea that the love of people and possessions  (instead of  God) can make us happy (a lie). We build our entire belief system on lies that we pick up out of the world (this statement  requires considerable explanation). All that we learn & believe that  builds our thinking system before we are saved is devoid of God as the center & purpose and without the Holy Spirit to reveal the divine truths to us. After we are saved we use the same system to learn the same divine ideas that Jesus used in His earthly life so that we can use them too, becoming like Him from the inside out (horizontal) not just outside in (vertical). AGAIN, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart (energy-bliss-thymus), and with all thy soul (power-joy-pons), and with all thy mind (energy-bliss-thymus) and strength (body-delight-ras-gut) [UPWARD FUNCTIONAL SYSTEM– Thymus, Pons, RAS/GUT].  Mathew 22:37-39 

We have all harbored anger and shame in our high heart-mind. On the other hand, “In your anger do not sin” : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,…” Jesus works on our “Leb” at night, giving His believers instruction at night and request for us to be in a mindset of Christ the rest of the day! 

What are mitochondria?

Mitochondria are  compartmentalized, dual-membrane organelles that are responsible for  most energy production in the cell. Mitochondria contain their own DNA  and ribosomes (RNA).  Their primary function is to convert energy from glucose into ATP via oxidative phosphorylation. Mitochondria also play an  important role in the cellular stress response through processes such as  autophagy, apoptosis, and hypoxia. Mitochondrial dysfunction is implicated in many human diseases including cancer, metabolic syndrome  & neurodegenerative disorders, ex. Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) (Retrieved from;

Mitochondria have been increasing recognized as important players in the  aging process. Most aging related diseases and particularly  neurodegenerative diseases have mitochondrial involvement. Co-activation- brings the neurons to activation and stimulation of mitochondrial production within the cells which  helps build more efficient, proactive neuronal networks and plasticity.  Mitochondria are the principal synergetic energy generators of cells, and neurons are cells that require a lot of energy. People with depression have fewer mitochondria in their neurons and people with untreated depression have lower levels of protein produced by mitochondria. These help maintain optimal energy production as well as structural integrity and optimal numbers of mitochondria. [Retrieved from;;].

A characteristic of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and  Parkinson’s—collectively known as neurodegenerative diseases—is the  build-up of misfolded proteins. These proteins, such as amyloid and tau  in Alzheimer’s disease, form ‘aggregates’ that can cause irreversible  damage to nerve cells in the brain. Protein folding is a normal  process in the body, and in healthy individuals, cells carry out a form  of quality control to ensure that proteins are correctly folded and that  misfolded proteins are destroyed. But in neurodegenerative diseases,  this system becomes impaired, with potentially devastating consequences. As  the global population ages, an increasing number of people are being  diagnosed with dementia, making the search for effective drugs ever more  urgent. However, progress has been slow, with no medicines yet  available that can prevent or remove the build-up of aggregates. [Retrieved from].

Ordinarily, there is a balance in the brain between signals that  increase cell activity and ones which suppress it. In epilepsy, the  balance is disturbed, and the nerve cells send signals in an  uncontrolled manner. The ion channel which has mutated in the patient  normally has a dampening effect on nerve signaling. Therefore, a new study sheds light on the biological mechanism behind some genetic forms of epilepsy. [Retrieved from]. A Responsive System Dissociation (RSD)  aka spiritual disconnect happens in (intellectual)- what is right, (moral) what is good, and (imaginative) what is best, In His Divine Will for us in design and purpose! INTELLECTUAL-Humble Intention means to “stretch” the mind, in the direction or towards “one’s purpose” of “basic Spiritual Needs”; MORAL   Wisdom, Intention for Good including Imagination = greater certainty  of  purpose, also Related to Lower (central) Personal Self: The Dreams; Imaginative- An unimaginable  state of bliss and harmony of becoming Into His Will along with unity, with Hope which is an eager desire for Mercy (Victory) and Faith (Glory) Is related to Higher Transpersonal Self and Staying In Grace -Tricia Cook

What is CoreNeuron?

The integration interval operations (IIO) consume most of the simulation time (Kumbhar et al., 2016).  The research implements these operations:  considering different hardware architectures, execution workflows, major  data structure changes to reduce memory footprint, memory transfer and checkpoint-restore implementation to  facilitate long running simulations. . In order to adapt NEURON to evolving computer architectures, the compute engine of the NEURON simulator has been extracted and has been optimized as a library called CoreNEURON. Note:  Finally, Figure 8  shows that CoreNEURON maintains good strong scaling properties for  large models, as illustrated on the example of the Cortex+Plasticity and  Hippocampus models simulating one second of biological time on an IBM  BlueGene/Q system.  (see below) [Retrieved from;


The researchers investigated the relationship of neurotransmitter  receptor densities with their corresponding genes in 15  cytoarchitectonic areas of the visual, auditory, somatosensory and motor  systems. They analyzed differential gene expression within brain areas  of each of those functional systems The analyzed areas: visual system (purple line), auditory (orange) and  motor area (dark grey), and the somatosensory area (green line). Credit:  Human Brain Project.

“We found that the receptor  architecture and gene expression patterns within a functional system  change in a systematic way, in correspondence to increasing complexity  of information processing”, explains HBP Scientific Director Katrin  Amunts, who is last author of the study. 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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