Therapeutic Programs

Research shows that therapeutic programs play a vital role in brain growth and improved function for people with neurobiological challenges.

At Jacob’s Ladder, our clients enjoy numerous therapeutic programs, like:

  • Music and art therapy
  • Outdoor adventure-based learning
  • Gardening and horticulture
  • Cooking and baking in our Taste of Love Bakery
  • Yoga
  • Guided meditation
  • Summer camps
  • Mental Health Counseling

Incorporating activities like these into a client’s therapeutic goals naturally provides opportunities to build skills in communication, self-regulation, social interaction, and even fine and gross motor skills in an engaging way.

One of our most popular offerings is the Animal-Assisted Activities program. Jacob’s Ladder is home to over 40 animals, including alpacas, donkeys, goats, a miniature horse, chickens, guinea pigs, and Kermit, our campus cat.

Our trained Animal Care Providers facilitate client interactions in each learning environment, tailoring them to each client’s goals—just like Bryson and Meow (pictured left).

Hope School clients work together to raise Meow, our black Silkie chicken, on a bar over their heads during an Animal-Assisted Activity lesson. While fun for the clients, this activity helps them work toward their individualized goals.


Specifically, it allows them to focus on their fine and gross motor skills (required to hold and lift the bar), vocal communication (needed to work together to move the bar in unison), follow a series of one-step directions (given by the teacher to complete the activity) and visual tracking (watching the chicken as it balances on the bar).


Your Donation Makes a Difference

Research shows that therapeutic activities make an impact on a client’s health and well-being both physically and emotionally. That’s why we invest more than $200,000 annually to fund a wide range of activities and experiences that help them on their journey to healing and wholeness. 

Gifts at all levels can make a difference:

A gift of $25 can provide:

  • A musical instrument or painting supplies for our music and art therapy programs
  • Sports gear for our outdoor adventure-based learning program
  • Exercise equipment used in our physical therapy rooms

A gift of $100 can provide gardening supplies for our Compass vocational program to maintain our organic fruit and vegetable beds.

A gift of $1,000 can provide a week’s worth of food and medical care for 40+ animals in our Animal-Assisted Activity program.

A gift of $2,500 can provide six months of In-Home therapeutic support services through our family Wraparound support program.

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