Intellectual & Developmental Delays


Diagnoses We See

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

  • Significant Learning Delay (LD)

  • Apraxia

  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)

  • Communication Challenges

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Why Our Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model Of Care Works

The Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care is uniquely equipped to deliver a customized stimulation program that initiates development of new pathways within the brain of the intellectually and developmentally delayed child. So often, these children are not given adequate stimulation over a long enough span of time to activate new growth within the brain, which in turn activates new learning. It is the day in and day out commitment of the targeted stimulation that shifts the trajectory towards growth and potential.


So often we want to see increased language, cognition, executive functioning – all Frontal lobe functions – without first realizing and addressing the lower foundational levels that must “feed up” appropriately. The Prefrontal Association Cortex is responsible for memory retrieval, speech and language processing, and control of behavior. It must communicate with the Parahippocampal Gyrus in order to encode incoming information to short-term working memory and then move to long-term memory for later retrieval (Temporopolar Area) – so many of the connection points that we tend to take for granted.


How The Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model Of Care Is Implemented

The student with intellectual and developmental delays is capable of building these neural connections if given the adequate targeted stimulation.


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 Intellectual & Developmental Delays


The Ladder

Students with intellectual and developmental delays will 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 intellectual and developmental delays 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 intellectual and developmental delays 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.