Cerebral Palsy

Why Our Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model Of Care Works

The Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care is capable of delivering very specific stimulation to the areas of the brain most often affected with a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy. The field of neuroscience has proven again and again that the brain is capable of great repair. The ability of the brain to re-wire itself is greatly dependent on three major factors: sufficient oxygenation, good nutrition, and a targeted program of stimulation to foster the new growth.


A lack of consistent input and stimulation most often means little growth in areas of language output and mobility. The earlier the better, but it is never too late. The key areas requiring dedicated attention in a Cerebral Palsy diagnosis include, but are not limited to:


  • Somatosensory Association Cortex: Where the localization of sensory input for surface and deep pressure receptors are found, as well as the mirror neurons for movement – in other words, a child sees your movement, and the mirror neurons elicit, ‘this is how I can do it too.’

  • Primary Somatosensory Cortex: Responsible for sensorimotor interpretation and must communicate well with the Motor Association Cortex  in order to play and initiate movements and the proper sequencing during movement.

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How The Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model Of Care Is Implemented

While it does take a good deal of time and repetition for a child with mobility challenges, Jacob’s Ladder has seen remarkable growth with our students with these mobility challenges.


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 Cerebral Palsy


The Ladder

Students with Cerebral Palsy 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 with Cerebral Palsy 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

We see students with Cerebral Palsy make tremendous gains as they develop the right neural pathways. Their lives change at home and at school in powerful ways.