Because every brain is capable of new growth and change (no matter the condition or diagnosis), and the mind, body, and soul will move toward healing if given what is needed, we pursue this change without exception for everyone in need. Through daily, intense, and loving interaction, our one-of-a-kind care program is created for each individual based on their unique challenges and needs.


How we provide services

Jacob's Ladder is unique among educational and therapeutic centers serving individuals with brain-based and physical conditions, what we collectively term “neurobiological challenges."

There are two equally important aspects to how we provide care:

The Model: Our one-of-a-kind Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care™ (IWBMC) integrates healthcare and education and is founded upon the scientific principle of neuroplasticity (meaning every brain is capable of growth and change).

How we deliver the model: Individualized, intensive programs delivered by highly trained staff in safe, loving environments.

Through both aspects – the model and how we deliver the model – we harness the extraordinary ability of the brain to heal and develop new capacities.

The School

Jacob's Ladder is a non-profit SAIS-SACS accredited private school and therapy center serving infants through adults. Our families call it a place of transformation, healing, and wonder. Jacob's Ladder campuses offer full-time and part-time enrollment options in various learning and therapeutic environments. 


Our Success

Through a one-of-a-kind whole-person, whole-brain model coupled with intensive and loving interpersonal instruction, and a new software platform to take the training anywhere, Jacob's Ladder clients experience outcomes once thought impossible.

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*Can vary 1:1 to 1:6 based on students' needs.




The Hope of One Person changed Everything

How We Got Started: HOPE

What started over 30 years ago as the hope for a positive outcome for one child has become a fully realized rehabilitative and educational movement. Now accredited and verified with thousands of clients, this monumental instructional model is pioneering a new future for individuals with neurobiological challenges.

A Message from Amy

Dear Friends,

I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to share Jacob’s Ladder with you. If you are a parent in the midst of a new diagnosis with your child or are experiencing the ongoing difficulty of watching a loved one struggle, we would consider it a great joy to help you and your family shift toward hope and see potential realized.

That is our mission here.

Over three decades, significant growth has enabled us to serve thousands of clients through individualized programs and life-changing methodology. We have remained faithful to our core values of Hope, Truth, and Love throughout all this time. And we have deepened our belief that true healing and transformation are possible within these core values.

In fact, they are expected.

Taking the best in neuroscience and neurobiological advancements and applying them within a culture richly steeped in love – each important and necessary for growth – we help our clients achieve far beyond traditional expectations. The Jacob’s Ladder Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care™ (IWBMC) provides targeted, individualized intervention delivered daily within an authentic relational interaction model. This allows for experiences of safety and connection.

Our model is no magic bullet. It takes time, collaboration, and dedication. These defining elements must be present as our staff utilizes each moment daily as a therapeutic opportunity.

This journey has been a miraculous one. It has been a humbling and gratifying experience to meet the thousands of children and families served thus far at Jacob’s Ladder. I have witnessed many transformations. Jacob, my son and the namesake of our school, is now a phenomenal young man—a teacher, a trainer of a yellow lab named Grace, and the mission holder of Jacob’s Ladder. He has a true gift of understanding and connecting with his clients, paired with a grace-filled strength that helps to lead them forward. Given his beginning in life, he also has great insight into situational assessment and strategy development, which is a miracle to witness.

Through the years, my daughter Aubry has completed extensive training and has become well-versed in every aspect of Jacob’s Ladder, both clinically and operationally, and is an integral part of the school. Maybe most importantly, she has grown up as the daughter of a mom who focused an extraordinary amount of time and energy on her younger sibling. And she grew up as a sibling to her little brother Jacob, who struggled mightily at times. Many of you reading this also have a family system with a similar dynamic and can identify with the profound joy and sorrow that accompanies it.

In closing, I must share this; the most incredible gift about this journey with Jacob, Aubry, and the creation of Jacob’s Ladder has been the deepening of my faith. Learning how to depend on God in each and every step.

As Christ said to the Apostle Paul,
“My grace is sufficient for you, my strength is made perfect in weakness.”
- 2 Corinthians 12:9

It was in the weakness, the brokenness, and the struggle that we found life.


Amy O’Dell, Founder
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Jacob's Ladder School & Therapy Centers
Roswell (Main Campus) & Atlanta (Buckhead)
407 Hardscrabble Road
Roswell, Georgia 30075

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