Intellectual & Developmental Delays

Intellectual & Developmental Delays and the IWBMC™

The Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care® (IWBMC™) serves clients with various intellectual and developmental delays. For these clients, communication needs to improve between the brain areas responsible for the integration of sensory input, speech and language processing, behavior modulation, and overall executive functioning.

Our individualized therapeutic programming focuses on building from the foundational brain levels up to cultivate higher-level brain functioning and address potential gaps in clients’ developmental progression. Intellectual and developmental delays often present with difficulties in the following areas:

  • Cognitive and sensory processing
  • Academic learning and retention of concepts
  • Independence within activities of daily living
  • Emotional and behavioral regulation
  • Communication
  • Social skills
  • Mobility

How the IWBMC™ Supports
Intellectual and Developmental Delays

Related Disorders

Because the IWBMC™ creates individualized programs tailored to the client’s needs – and our belief that the brain can change regardless of age, diagnosis, or level of functioning – a path forward, full of potential, is possible for those navigating intellectual and developmental delays. 

The IWBMC™ serves clients impacted by intellectual and developmental delays who often experience challenges with learning, problem-solving, communication abilities, sensory dysregulation, maladaptive behaviors, social deficits, and changes in routine. Diagnoses may include:

Program Environments at Jacob’s Ladder that Support Intellectual & Developmental Delays

Serving Pre-K - 12th

Serving Pre-K - 12th

Serving ages 16 and older

Our Person-Centered, Whole-Brain Approach

Evaluation & Assessment.

The IWBMC™ Evaluation considers seven domains and uses 1,300+ assessment metrics to analyze neurodevelopmental progression indicators – often the root of systemic challenges – combined with standardized academic assessments, clinical observation, family reporting, qEEG Analysis, and Nutritional and Physiological Consultation.

Individualized Plans.

The Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care® (IWBMC™) acknowledges the complex interplay between brain health, efficiency, and organization – combined with clients’ physiological health and well-being, learning style, and emotional-behavioral-relational experiences – to develop an optimal, therapeutic path forward for each client.

Progress Tracking.

With AHAVA’s database of 4,000+ therapeutic activities, each individualized program is tailored to the client’s needs. Daily data tracking captures clients’ progress, allowing ongoing modification of programs to uphold the appropriate levels of intensity, frequency, and challenge point progression to create lasting, positive changes in the brain.

Learn About Our Approach With Intellectual & Developmental Delays

Jacob’s Ladder has been life-changing. My girls started when they were seven years old. They were nonverbal and did not know their colors, letters, or shapes. They had spent four years in the special needs program in our county’s public school with no significant progress. Within three months here, my girls were speaking, identifying shapes and colors, and telling us their wants and needs.

— Caroline M., Ladder Program Parent

Scientifically-Sound Approaches Delivered in Safe, Loving Environments.

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