Brain Injury & Stroke


Diagnoses We See

Our Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care helps students reach their full potential by creating the right neural pathways. We serve students with various diagnoses including:


  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

  • Stroke

  • Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)

  • Acquired Brain Injury

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Why Our Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model Of Care Works

The Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care specifically targets the areas of the brain that have been affected through traumatic brain injury, acquired brain injury, or stroke. Most often these students present with a mixture of mobility, visual, language, or cognition challenges. Many times, especially in the case of stroke, we see loss of language (Aphasia).


The Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care systematically discerns which brain regions have been affected and then delivers a targeted stimulation program that is capable of rewiring/re-networking the pathways in the brain. The field of neuroscience has proven again and again the brain’s ability to heal and regenerate itself. So, with much targeted and consistent effort, we target the following areas of the brain:

  • Inferior Frontal-Prefrontal (Left): Where verbal expression often resides. If damaged, it can often be rerouted so that another area of the brain acquires that responsibility

  • Inferior Parietal Lobe: Responsible for verbal comprehension and memory processing, and the combining of auditory and visual information can be stimulated in order to regain lost capacity

  • Parahippocampal Gyrus: The modulation of emotion is often heightened or dysregulated, and through specific strategies that calm and balance connections to other brain regions, mood and emotion are brought back into balance


How The Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model Of Care Is Implemented

Day to day programming allows our team to deliver the frequency and intensity of stimulation required to build lasting change in the brain.


Each student receives a comprehensive evaluation around his or her neurodevelopment, physiological health, learning style, and emotional, behavioral, relational balance. The evaluation includes a global neurodevelopmental assessment unique to Jacob's Ladder of over 300 indicators, a comprehensive academic assessment, a nutritional consultation, and a QEEG brain map to determine specific regions of the brain that are struggling to communicate. 


Based on the evaluation, each student receives a model of care tailored to his or her academic and therapeutic needs in order to develop the right neural pathways and reach their full potential.

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Environments Built For Students With Brain Injury & Stroke


The Ladder

Students that have experienced brain injuries or stroke typically attend The Ladder environment. Like all four of our environments, students attending The Ladder will implement their individualized model of care each day with instructors that embrace our core values:


  • Hope: a cherished trust in transformation and a life lived through possibilities

  • Truth: integrity in action, character, and speech based on what is accurate and honest

  • Love: always hopes and perseveres, regardless of circumstances and is a choice we make to value and honor another with our actions

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Compass Beyond

Older students that have experienced brain injuries or stroke can apply to attend Compass Beyond for educational planning, vocational training, community enrichment, and home life readiness.

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We See Real Results

Each day, we see students with brain injuries or stroke make tremendous academic, functional, and emotional behavioral gains as they develop the right neural pathways. Their lives change at home and at school in powerful ways.