Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care

A diagnosis is just the beginning,
not the end, of your child’s story.

The Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care is built upon the scientific principle of neuroplasticity - that the brain can change no matter an individual’s age, diagnosis, or level of functioning.

The trademarked and internationally recognized Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care was developed by our Founder & Executive Director, Amy O’Dell, in response to critical developmental challenges faced by her own son, Jacob. The Model starts with comprehensive neurodevelopmental assessments to guide multifocal individualized treatment and educational plans that lead to brain growth, healing, and wholeness.

Any neurodevelopmental or behavioral challenge.

full spectrum autism

Full Spectrum
Autism

Full Spectrum Autism

We help students with full spectrum autism, including those with diagnoses of ASD and Sensory Processing Disorder, make powerful gains in academic, functional and emotional behavioral development.

Intellectual and Developmental Delays

Intellectual & Developmental Delays

Intellectual & Developmental Delays

With a customized stimulation program, students with Significant Learning Delay, apraxia, PDD, and communications challenges can develop new brain pathways that lead to growth and learning.

full spectrum autism

Full Spectrum Autism

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Full Spectrum Autism

We help students with full spectrum autism, including those with diagnoses of ASD and Sensory Processing Disorder, make powerful gains in academic, functional and emotional behavioral development.

Intellectual and Developmental Delays

Intellectual & Developmental Delays

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Intellectual & Developmental Delays

With a customized stimulation program, students with Significant Learning Delay, apraxia, PDD, and communications challenges can develop new brain pathways that lead to growth and learning.

full spectrum autism

Full Spectrum Austism

We help students with full spectrum autism, including those with diagnoses of ASD and Sensory Processing Disorder, make powerful gains in academic, functional and emotional behavioral development.

Intellectual and Developmental Delays

Intellectual & Developmental Delays

With a customized stimulation program, students with Significant Learning Delay, apraxia, PDD, and communications challenges can develop new brain pathways that lead to growth and learning.

Brain Injury and Stroke

Brain Injury
& Stroke

Brain Injury & Stroke

Developing the right neural pathways help students make tremendous academic, functional, and behavioral gains whether they’ve experienced traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, cortical visual impairment (CVI), acquired brain injury, or aphasia.

Children with cerebral palsy

Cerebral
Palsy

Cerebral Palsy

Students with spastic, athetoid, ataxic, and mixed cerebral palsy achieve strong improvement in physiological and behavioral functioning with our individualized model of care.

Children with cerebral palsy

Cerebral Palsy

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Cerebral Palsy

Students with spastic, athetoid, ataxic, and mixed cerebral palsy achieve strong improvement in physiological and behavioral functioning with our individualized model of care.

Brain Injury and Stroke

Brain Injury & Stroke

Developing the right neural pathways help students make tremendous academic, functional, and behavioral gains whether they’ve experienced traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, cortical visual impairment (CVI), acquired brain injury, or aphasia.

Children with cerebral palsy

Cerebral Palsy

Students with spastic, athetoid, ataxic, and mixed cerebral palsy achieve strong improvement in physiological and behavioral functioning with our individualized model of care.

children with genetic syndromes

Genetic Syndromes

Dramatic improvements in physiological and relational functioning are possible for students with Down Syndrome, Prader-Willi Syndrome, Fragile X, ML4, SCN2A, Rett Syndrome, and rare chromosomal disorders.

children with emotional challenges

Emotional, Behavioral, & Relational Challenges

We help students overcome challenges associated with high-functioning autism, ODD, ADHD, generalized anxiety disorders, social / relational / behavioral challenges, specific learning differences, lack of self-regulation, and mood disorders.

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Trauma
Response

Trauma Response

Jacob’s Ladder delivers strength-based trauma informed care and specialized interventions for post-traumatic stress disorder that prioritize physical and emotional safety.

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Trauma Response

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Trauma Response

Jacob’s Ladder delivers strength-based trauma informed care and specialized interventions for post-traumatic stress disorder that prioritize physical and emotional safety.

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Trauma Response

Jacob’s Ladder delivers strength-based trauma informed care and specialized interventions for post-traumatic stress disorder that prioritize physical and emotional safety.

children with learning differences

Learning Differences

Targeted interventions help students with ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and specific learning delays achieve their goals by addressing root neurodevelopmental causes.

It’s About the Whole Person, Not Just the Brain.

  • We support the goals and desires of each individual, understanding barriers to success and helping to remove them.
  • Rigorous, comprehensive assessments of each individual’s neurological function focus on revealing strengths and challenge areas to prioritize interventions. Jacob’s Ladder unique approach includes more than 300 neurological indicators, an academic assessment, and a qEEG brain map.
  • Individualized plans outline prioritized brain-based interventions along with guidelines for nutrition, sleep, exercise, and essential outdoor time.
  • Integration of each plan across all caregivers and settings support self-regulation and strategies for creating lasting positive change in emotional-behavioral-relational health.
  • Attention to learning styles and social interaction opportunities in individualized plans support academic success and future independence.
  • Safe social environments with strong interpersonal connections enable the brain to best achieve learning and new growth and stop fight, flight, or freeze responses.
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Science Supported Interventions

Along with our four environments, Jacob’s Ladder offers a variety of proven interventions that support successful implementation of the Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care. Combinations of these additional therapies may be part of students’ individualized care programs, and some are available to non-students in need of neurodevelopmental services.

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“We are so pleased to have our son at this school. He came from public school, where he felt out-of- place, lacked confidence, and thought he was a bad kid. Within three and a half months, he is now a boy who is now confident, happy, and learning.” 

- A Ladder Parent

Measurements of Success

NFB QEEG assessments

Regular assessments combined with data collected from daily student activities demonstrate how each student’s brain is changing. Families also see changes taking place in real time, with successful moments and breakthroughs witnessed in daily life.

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For more than three decades, our Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care has produced measurable progress and replicable results, transforming the lives of students and their families.

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Jacob's Ladder School & Therapy Centers
Roswell (Main Campus) & Atlanta (Buckhead)
407 Hardscrabble Road
Roswell, Georgia 30075

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