Additional Therapeutic Services

Additional Therapeutic Services at Jacob's Ladder

Jacob’s Ladder offers a variety of proven activities, strategies, and interventions that support the successful implementation of the Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care® (IWBMC™).

Just as each individual is unique, the therapeutic services at Jacob’s Ladder are individualized to serve specific needs and goals. Therapies are delivered individually and within group environments. Our additional therapeutic services and experiential opportunities include:

Individual therapeutic programs and participation in therapeutic opportunities are designed and implemented following the completion of an initial evaluation. Jacob’s Ladder evaluators may recommend additional therapeutic services as an adjunct to the client’s daily programming, which can maximize the benefits of programming. Many clients have experiential learning opportunities blended into their day, depending on the client’s program placement, readiness, and individual programming goals.  

Jacob’s Ladder offers holistic therapeutic services designed to meet each individual’s needs, which are unmatched by other schools and therapy centers.

Participation in additional therapeutic services is optional but may sometimes be necessary, depending on the client’s needs. In partnership with the client’s family, the Jacob’s Ladder team will determine if a client’s participation in these services is vital to their success, growth, and learning.

Neurotherapy’s goal is to continue building upon organizational cognitive foundations for the achievement of higher levels of training. After obtaining an initial qEEG and considering specific individualized goals, a customized therapeutic plan is created for each client. For most clients, sessions are completed twice per week. Upon completion of the pre-determined number of sessions, the ongoing completion of comparative reports and clinical review occurs.

Neurofeedback, sometimes called EEG Biofeedback, is training designed to enhance self-regulation through training brain wave activity. Using a normative database based on age, gender, and handedness, the neurofeedback software determines the brain areas with too much or little activity of a specific frequency. The software also works on connectivity patterns in the brain, promoting positive shifts in the way different areas of the brain communicate.  

The neurofeedback software targets the brain’s frequencies and specific areas using traditional EEG technology to normalize excessive and deficient activity. Neurofeedback works by “training” the brain waves through operant conditioning, wherein the brain achieves rewards for changing its activity to more appropriate patterns. Neurofeedback does not involve inputting any stimulation to the brain.

We can perform both Surface and Low-Resolution Electromagnetic Tomography (LORETA) Neurofeedback using the technologies used at Jacob’s Ladder. Surface Neurofeedback works to train activity that is present on the outermost surface of the brain. In contrast, LORETA enables us to target and train deeper areas within the brain directly, which are difficult to reach with standard Surface Neurofeedback, and it allows us to train multiple networks of neurons simultaneously. Please visit Applied Neuroscience for additional information.

Licensed professionals offer Mental Health counseling services to address individual goals in conjunction with Jacob’s Ladder’s individualized programs. Sessions support elements of our Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care® (IWBMC™), coping skills, emotional regulation, self-advocacy through communication, and mindfulness. The Hope School program also offers mental health-focused groups for clients during their school day, incorporating elements of Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), and the IWBMC™’s Trauma-Support Model.

Sibling support groups are available as part of our Mental Health and Wraparound Care services for siblings of Jacob’s Ladder clients. Mental Health professionals can also work with families to further the cohesiveness of goals and strategies between school and home, often covering topics like family dynamics, coping skills, interpersonal relationship skills, and hopes and fears.

Jacob’s Ladder uses a therapeutic program called Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) within the IWBMC™. Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) is a multisensory program that has a global effect on the central nervous system. The iLs program combines auditory stimulation through modified classical music with specific frequencies that target particular brain areas.

This program incorporates listening through air conduction (headphones) and bone conduction (vibrations through the skull structures that transmit directly to the inner ear), enabling the most profound form of listening. iLS re-trains the brain and strengthens neural connections, influencing the following systems and their functions: auditory, language, visual, vestibular (balance and coordination), motor, cognitive (thinking and reasoning), and emotional. iLs programs are non-invasive, multisensory programs designed to improve anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, social skills, attention, learning challenges, memory, and sleep.

During iLs sessions, clients complete specific activities to support the optimal benefits of the program, including vestibular, cross-lateral, proprioceptive, gross motor, visual, and fine motor activities. When completed intensively and paired with the appropriate stimulation, iLs provides excellent support for language development, auditory processing, and sensory regulation.

For additional information, including case studies, please visit Integrated Listening.

Speech, physical, and occupational therapy are provided through partnerships with licensed service providers from reputable local therapy practices—clients enrolled in these therapies complete sessions at our Roswell and Buckhead campuses. 

Animal-Assisted Activities naturally provide opportunities to build social, communicative, independent, and self-regulation skills. The Roswell campus is home to goats, alpacas, donkeys, chickens, guinea pigs, a miniature pony, a variety of fish, and a campus cat. Trained animal care providers facilitate all client-animal interactions.

Art Therapy helps build visual/spatial skills, communication, peer relationship skills, and emotional/behavioral self-regulation. Art therapy is a beautiful way for clients to express themselves while building upon their creativity and self-esteem.

Taste Of Love Bakery is an on-campus working bakery. Participation provides creative opportunities for clients to interact socially and learn skills of attending, planning, and following through, as well as entrepreneurship and personal living skills.

Outdoor Adventure-Based Learning is a fun way for clients to experience the outdoors, work on individual goals, problem-solve, and build relationship skills. Clients get to experience the beauty of the Jacob’s Ladder campuses, all while working within intentionally created living classrooms that offer learning experiences outside of traditional classroom settings.

Field Trips can encompass various activities that may focus on community service, daily living skills, academic exposure, or simply fun! Off-campus trips encourage clients to generalize and apply learned skills across different environments and settings.

Summer Camp Options include day programs and recreational camps, such as on-campus intensives, adventure-based options (hiking), day excursions (Atlanta Zoo), and overnight experiences.

Music Therapy combines social, emotional, fine, and gross motor skills to create a fun and exciting learning experience. Jacob’s Ladder is fortunate to have licensed music therapists and staff with musical backgrounds and training to facilitate music enrichment and activities for our clients.


Stories of Hope

“When you have things that are not connecting, it affects a child on every level, from throwing a baseball to completing homework. I feel I lost a lot of time with my son pushing him, but now I’m grateful I just get to be his mom. We have discovered some of his strengths we would have never discovered without Jacob’s Ladder. We were so thankful to send our child to a place where he is believed in, loved for who he is, and is constantly told how smart he is.”

– Michelle S., Neurofeedback Program Parent


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