What Is It?

The Neurosequential Model is a developmentally-informed, biologically-respectful approach to working with at-risk children.

The Neurosequential Model is not a specific therapeutic technique or intervention; it is a way to organize a child’s history and current functioning. The goal of this approach is to structure assessment of a child, the articulation of the primary problems, identification of key strengths and the application of interventions (educational, enrichment and therapeutic) in a way that will help family, educators, therapists and related professionals best meet the needs of the child.

These appointments would include a detailed history of the child’s developmental experiences from their time in utero to current. There will be review of previous medical records, psychological or therapeutic assessments, and caretaker observation in order to develop a working model of the child’s neurodevelopmental status that will allow caretakers to view the child from this perspective. Using this information, a therapeutic web will be created to best help support the child and restore optimal functioning. These consultations will oftentimes include collaborative efforts with multiple professionals. There is typically an hour designated for parental education, questions, answers and a goal of understanding the uniquely complex child that may be struggling to engage with the world around them.

Things To Consider…

This type of therapy is an extremely effective model for treating trauma. During this process, here are some things to consider:

  • Most suitable for children with trauma (medical, abuse, neglect)
    • Complete assessments
    • Develop a therapeutic web
  • Develop Extensive history
    • In utero
    • Doctor Records
    • School Records
  • May include help from
    • Bodyworker
    • Speech therapist
    • Occupational therapist