Genetic Syndromes


Diagnoses We See

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


  • Down Syndrome

  • Rare Chromosomal Disorders

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Why Our Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model Of Care Works

The Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care has the capacity to address varying challenges that result from differing genetic syndromes. So often a genetic syndrome diagnosis becomes a final edict for a child’s ultimate potential success. Our Whole-Brain Model of Care believes differently. No matter the genetic condition, we believe that every brain is capable of growth and change if given adequate targeted stimulation, good nutrition, and proper oxygenation.


The Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care affords our team the opportunity to look at each child as unique, with their own neurodevelopmental strengths and challenges. We focus on the foundational lower brain centers up to the highest Prefrontal Cortex. So often, in addition to focusing on the foundation-up model, we specifically target areas of:


  • Somatosensory Cortex: Sensory motor interpretations

  • Motor Association Cortex: Motor planning 

  • Parahippocampal Gyrus: Modulation of emotions


  • Occipital Cortex: Visual processing


  • Temporal Auditory Cortex: Auditory processing 


How The Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model Of Care Is Implemented

As specific areas of the brain are targeted, healthy pathways between corresponding brain regions are created. New learning and growth will occur.


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.


Environments Built For Students With Genetic Syndromes 


The Ladder

Students with genetic syndromes 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 genetic syndromes 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 genetic syndromes 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.