What to Expect From Theraputic Boarding Schools - A Parent's Role
Written by Mark Sampson,
in Section Behavioral Health
Sometimes, it is hard for a parent to provide the structure that some children need- especially if they have special needs. Parents often find themselves overwhelmed with the struggles that come along with the needs that these particular children have. Sometimes, therapeutic boarding schools are exactly what children struggling to overcome things like autism and severe attention deficit- especially when parents have reached their breaking points and feel simply "blown away" by the sheer magnitude of constantly providing the most intrinsic cares for their children and their needs, and seek out these schools.
The best part about it is that therapeutic boarding schools don't see it as a last resort, but as a unique opportunity to change someone's life for the better.
"Last Resort" versus "Amazing Opportunity"
Generally speaking, the goals at these therapeutic boarding schools are to involve the lifelong inclusion of people with special needs at that vital time in their life to integrate them into the community instead of trying to use medication to mediate behaviors.
As a Parent, You Have to Remain Constant
Once you've made the decision to explore residential options for your child in need, you then have to find the right placement. There are a wide variety of therapeutic boarding schools out there- ones that deal with attitude adjustments; drug, alcohol and sex rehabilitation, and those specific schools for people with special needs. As a parent it's important to understand the difference, and also to understand other factors that go along with it.
Visitation to Residential Treatment Centers
Every time that you visit, make sure that you always have access to your student alone. Also, ask the staff what they have planned for your child, and what successful outcomes they have found. Also, talk everyone, not just the staff to get a feel of what's going on.
Parents will be happy to learn that most therapeutic boarding schools offer a wide selection of weekend getaways and week-long adventures to provide opportunities for parents and students to share personal time with each other. You'll be able to recreate that special bond you were missing with your child while you strengthen the didactic of your relationship with each other, and you'll probably have great opportunities to meet other parents and students, in personal, friendly environments.
Meanwhile, you should always find staff available to give you support and guidance when you need it. Remember to remain through, and that they're doing what you need to do at your home. Everyone has guilt when they drop their young adult off at a therapeutic boarding school, but it's for their own good, and the benefits far outweigh the negatives- if any.
You're not doing anything wrong, don't let people think you are! Sometimes you need a little help from your friends- they have specialized skills that will succeed and help find ways to help you and your young adult transition into that final step.