When it comes to therapeutic boarding schools and residential treatment centers, there is no one-size-fits-all.
Therapeutic boarding schools are generally middle schools, and high schools that have comprehensive therapies for the students and a program to help them with problem behaviors and self-esteem.
There are also therapeutic boarding schools and residential treatment centers that assist the younger population, those in elementary grade school.
Some of these schools and programs are “character building,” and all have individual philosophies.
This allows families to find one that matches with what their child needs and what the parents need.
The more clinical therapeutic boarding schools have academics along with medical treatment for bipolar disorder, clinical depression, conduct disorders, eating disorders, oppositional defiant disorder, reactive attachment disorder and other clinical challenges, and they provide psychiatrists on staff.
Another category of therapeutic boarding schools assists those with Autism, Aspergers, dyslexia, and non-verbal learning disorders, and these schools provide special education teachers.
When you want your child to attend a therapeutic boarding school he or she needs to be stable enough to attend school with therapy support, while maintaining a relationship with clinical staff, academic staff, and peers. When you child is not yet ready to make this step, please speak to us about your current situation so we may guide you properly. We all want a positive outcome.
Additionally, some schools do not wish to administer psychotropic meds, so choosing the most appropriate and best school to meet your child’s needs is important. Sometimes the school that best meets the child’s needs just doesn’t exist anywhere near the child’s home, or the child may become too unstable to stay at home and attend school.
It may become painfully obvious that a change in environment with a twenty-four-hour peer group and non-parental authority figures may help the child blossom and mature in a safe environment. Maybe they are a danger to themselves or to others and they need to be in a setting that can monitor their challenges, as well as provide them with tools to understand and deal with their attitudes and behaviors.
All therapeutic boarding schools and residential treatment centers that we recommend are family oriented.
You will be involved and you will be a part of your teen’s program.
Therapeutic Residential Treatment Centers (RTCs) are medical facilities. They have psychiatrists and nurses on staff. They administer medications, make medication adjustments, and provide therapy and schooling.
They are required to follow a student’s IEP.
Residential schools can cost anywhere from $57,000 to over $127,00 per year. The higher the clinical need, the higher the cost. A school district may pay part or most of the fee of such a placement, but typically only after a due process hearing, and this is very dependent on the current IEP and how long it has been in effect.
Parents should definitely seek the help of a professional independent educational consultant with the search process.
At Horizon Family Solutions we visit and evaluate thoroughly all programs we recommend. We evaluate academics, clinical staff, health related support, how many interns are on staff, janitorial and night staff, meal preparation and dietary supplements, professionals on staff, recreational activities, and more.
At Horizon Family Solutions we work in a collaborative environment with the students current academic support as well as their current clinical support is a part of every step we take. We understand that they are not able to travel and see and evaluate the programs, so we want to be their ears and eyes and provide them with all the information they need to help you make an informed decision.