The Jacob’s Ladder perspective for children with Cerebral Palsy looks beyond the diagnosis to the whole child. The Jacob’s Ladder Methodology harnesses the premises of neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to change based on the input and stimulation it receives. The main way the brain to able to change by providing a variety of new input to all the senses and doing whole body movements; both are difficult when a child’s body position and activities are fixed. The Jacob’s Ladder methodology places a high value on the getting a child out of their wheelchair or away from their support and onto the floor. By delivering organized motor and sensory input to a child in a way that allows the brain to process and integrate information, we can address a child’s overall level of function
Children with a Cerebral Palsy diagnosis may also present with muscle tone irregularities. Instead of looking at tonicity as a muscular concern, Jacob’s Ladder views it as a neural concern. Muscles receive the message to contract or relax based on the signal from the nervous system; tight tone muscles are receiving this message on a consistent basis and muscles with low tone do not consistently receive the message. By working to develop an organized neural pathway from the brain to the muscles in a normalized manner, we can address muscles tonicity at it base function.