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Monday, May 25, 2015
Summer Programs For Struggling Teens
It is the time of year when many parents will contact us and ask about summer programs.
Depending on your teenager, sometimes a good summer program can be the answer you are looking for, but let’s talk about some things to consider.
If your teen has been making these bad choices for a while, chances are good it will take longer than 6-9 weeks to undo this negative behavior. Remember, first the program need to fit the root of them issues – then work through them and help your teen start to make the better choices.
Many youths when they reach this point are usually failing or on the edge of failing in school. Most summer programs, especially Wilderness, don’t offer a grade recovery program. Finding a sound residential therapy or summer grade recovery program with emotional growth might be a better option. There are exceptions if you are dealing with a teen that is an addict, has an eating disorder or a mental disorder that is more serious.
Summer programs can be excellent if they are attached to a longer term program.
Another words, your teen can attend the summer program and if they are doing well three things can happen.
1. They come home and go back to school in the fall.
2. They continue with the residential therapy educational program.
3. They come home, go back to school – things don’t go so well, and you know that he/she can go back to that program and finish it.
Summer programs can be a win-win situation if you select the right one.