There are many programs to help troubled teens. But the programs are not all the same. You need to match the needs of your teen with the programs offered by the respective institutions. Whatever help you offer your child, it must be effective.
The overriding question is, ‘What type of help do they need’? Look at different areas and grade the school. The camp or school which gets the highest grade could well be the place to send your troubled teen. So here are five areas, five programs which are vital to the health of your teen. Get these areas right and you will give your son or daughter a terrific boost in returning to a normal, safe and happy lifestyle.
Academics. Naturally your child’s health is of paramount importance. If they have a drug or alcohol problem, you want that cured. But any program which doesn’t place a high importance on the student’s continued studies, is not helping your child in the long run. Some institutions take children for twelve months or longer. The teen must persevere with their schooling during their time away from home.
Change behavior. The whole point of placing your teen in care is to have them change their bad habits. What programs does the institution offer to remove the wrong behavior and add the good? This issue is essential. Have questions ready when you approach any possible venues. How will you help my teen alter their lifestyle?
Emotional development. We all need to grow up, to mature, and to learn to take responsibility for our actions. Time spent considering our behavior and how it impacts on us and on others is time well spent. You want your teen to grow emotionally so ask about the methods used to aid this growth.
Physical development. Teens find their bodies can grow at a rapid rate and need sensible exercise and sunshine to speed that human growth. What sort of outdoor activities are on offer? Can anyone participate without feeling threatened? Do the activities nurture healthy growth of bones and muscle? Can everyone succeed at these sports or outdoor activities?
Finally there’s the family. You and your teen may be separated but contact with family is essential for both parties. Find out the rules for communication. Can you visit the institution and if so, how often and for how long? Can you write, phone and email your teen? Can they do the same for you? Keeping in touch is vital so be sure of the rules before choosing which program best suits your child.
Remember there are many places to which you could send your teen but the pr0grams they offer do vary. You need to have your teen assessed so you know exactly what the problem is and then you need to study the programs available.
is fine and taking guidance from other parents with a troubled teen may be a brilliant move. Have your teen diagnosed, check out the programs available and then place them where the services will be most effective.
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