Our brain development program is paired with sensory integration treatment strategies developed for each child’s needs. Research has established that children exposed to chaos and trauma in the first three or four years of life experience some relatively enduring changes in brain organization.
The result is that their stress response systems are are hyper-reactive. Sensory experiences that should delight and entice, instead send their neurosystems into overload and fill them with anxiety, often “triggering” aggressive and violent reactions.
Sensory activities such as sound boards, tactile stimulation, rocking and spinning, and bubble tubes help improve the functioning of these various brain areas by increasing the capacity for self-soothing, decreasing the intensity of the hyper-reactive stress system, and improving self-regulation.
Our goal is for the child to enter the “calm-alert state” within the prefrontal cortex. There the child’s ability to process language, function and learn is maximized. TKI’s methods lead the child to become practiced at bringing herself into the calm-alert state on her own. This skillset will equip our students to be successful in kindergarten and beyond.
Using these research-based interventions, Talitha Koum partners with families to help raise children who are intellectually capable, emotionally resilient and prepared to be valued contributing members in their community.
The Nurture Center is wholly dependent upon outside donations, grants, and limited government funding to survive. We ask that you come by our building at 1311 Clay Avenue in Waco, and prayerfully consider how you might help us to say to these little ones, “My child, rise up!”