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You’ve lived through 3 AM feedings, toddler temper tantrums, and the back-to-school blues. So why is the word “teenager” causing you so much anxiety?
When you consider that the teen years are a period of intense growth, not only physically but morally and intellectually, it’s understandable that it’s a time of confusion and upheaval for many families.
So when, exactly, does adolescence start?
The message to send your kid is: Everybody’s different. There are early bloomers, late arrivers, speedy developers, and slow-but-steady growers.
In other words, there’s a wide range of what’s considered normal. Yes, the teen years are tough, yet most teens balance the requisite angst with good friendships, success in school or outside activities, and the development of a strong sense of self. Occasional bad moods or acting out is to be expected. Teenagers face a host of pressures, from the changes of puberty to questions about who they are and where they fit in.
The natural transition and process from child to young adult can also bring parental conflict as teens start to assert their independence.
Signs and symptoms of when your adolescent may actually need assistance
- Changes in eating and sleeping habits
- Difficulty concentrating
- Fatigue or lack of energy
- Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
- Irritability, anger, or hostility
- Lack of enthusiasm and motivation
- Loss of interest in activities
- Restlessness and agitation
- Sadness or hopelessness
- Tearfulness or frequent crying
- Thoughts of death or suicide
- Withdrawal from friends and family
Choosing a residential boarding school for your child can be an overwhelming emotional endeavor, not to mention an expensive one. If you have been on the Internet, you know there are hundreds of therapeutic residential programs. How do you know which academic and behavioral setting is a good environment for your child? A program or school that worked well for one family may not at all be the best for your child and family. It is my commitment as your advocate and consultant to access, evaluate, research and visit programs and schools to accurately identify their strengths and weaknesses.
Dr. Frances travels about one week out of every month and she has visited hundreds of programs over the years. Her commitment is to find the academic and clinical setting that offers the highest chance of success for your child.
Dr. Frances accepts no compensation from any program or school, therefore she is forthright in sharing her professional opinion with you regarding the environment best suited for your child. She knows the culture of the program, the people at the school, the therapists, and in many cases have completed an onsite in-depth evaluations of the program that goes beyond a typical visit. Dr. Frances recommends the best match for you and your child based on your family and your current situation. A program or school that worked well for one family may not at all be the best for yours.