Full Spectrum Autism 


Diagnoses We See

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


  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Sensory Processing Challenges

Why Our Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model Of Care Works

The Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care uniquely addresses the core issues that are specific to an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis. A child with Autism will most frequently have areas of the brain that are over-communicating and become in essence “locked”. Other critical areas of the brain used for social connection and rich language development are under-activated as the “locked” areas take an overabundance of cognitive energy.


The hubs of the brain most often affected include: 


  • Auditory Cortex: Responsible for hearing and synthesizing different frequencies, pitch and intensity of sound

  • Visual Cortex & Dorsal Posterior Cingulate Cortex: Responsible for the regulation and processing of incoming visual stimulation through strong central vision rather than overly-developed peripheral vision

  • Anterior Cingulate Gyrus: The hub of the emotional brain, which helps to regulate mood and behavior 

One of the key components of the Whole-Brain Model of Care is to quiet the areas that are overly activated, while building programs that stimulate the areas of underactivity. We find that most of our students who fall within the Autism Spectrum also benefit greatly from a robust sensory motor program delivered daily with adequate frequency, intensity, and duration.


How The Whole-Brain Model Of Care Is Implemented

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 Full Spectrum Autism 


The Ladder

Students with full spectrum autism 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 full spectrum autism 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 full spectrum autism 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.