Intellectual & Developmental Delays
The Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care and Intellectual & Developmental Delays
Increased language, cognition, and executive functioning – all higher brain functions – cannot happen until lower foundational levels of the brain become stronger and better connected. The Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care is uniquely equipped to deliver a customized stimulation program that initiates development of new neural pathways, building a strong brain foundation. In intellectually and developmentally delayed children, communication needs to improve between the areas of the brain responsible for memory retrieval, speech and language processing, and control of behavior and the area that brings information into short-term and then long-term memory. Our daily targeted interventions provide the stimulation needed to activate new growth within the brain.
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)
- Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)
- Communication Challenges
Environments for Students with Intellectual & Developmental Delays
Evaluation. Assessment. Individualized Plans.
Each student receives a comprehensive evaluation around his or her neurodevelopment, physiological health, learning style, and emotional, behavioral, and relational balance. The evaluation includes a global neurodevelopmental assessment unique to Jacob's Ladder of more than 300 indicators. In addition, we conduct a comprehensive academic assessment, a nutritional consultation, and a QEEG brain map to determine 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 this way, we develop the right neural pathways to reach each child's full potential.
A Growth Mindset
So much active play and movement happens alongside learning at Jacob's Ladder. Students have the opportunity to express themselves in many ways, including artistically. These creative outlets help our students learn how to foster self-expression and build confidence.
We know how difficult it can be to find the right educational and behavioral programs to fit the needs of someone in your life. At Jacob's Ladder, we hear you and see you. Our students don't follow a pre-determined curriculum. We create a learning path to meet each student's individual needs and goals.
Learn About Our Success With Intellectual & Developmental Delays
Scientifically Sound Approaches Delivered in Safe, Loving Environments
Each day, students of Jacob’s Ladder 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.