It doesn’t take long for parents with struggling teens to realize that sometimes, staying in a mainstream school doesn’t help their teens at all. Some teens need the chance to blossom in a different environment, a different school system.
Turning Winds Academic Institute is an alternative school system that could be just what your child needs. This therapeutic boarding school provides superb academic programs but what sets it apart from other traditional or mainstream schools is the fact that it also provides therapy to the students enrolled in the program. The student population of Turning Winds is relatively small, typically 50 students at a time for the entire program, which is the usual size of a public school classroom. Because the class sizes are small, teachers are more able to focus on each student, get to know his/her specific needs, and adjust the style of teaching to suit the learning style of the student.
Some parents may wonder what the difference would be if they just choose to send their child to therapy while they are home and enrolled in a mainstream school. The truth is not all teens will benefit from this kind of approach. It’s certainly sufficient for some, but there are some teens with challenges that require a more hands-on approach. Getting therapy once or twice a week is hardly enough if they are immersed in the same environment that they are struggling with. The fact of the matter is that there are teens who need more help than that. There are also students who are dealing with some conditions that make it difficult for them to survive in a mainstream school. Those with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, or similar conditions will be better off learning how to manage their condition first in a therapeutic boarding school before being sent out, ill-prepared in a mainstream school.
Turning Winds’ program is divided into three major phases, each is important in the healing and development of each child in the program. The first phase is the Orientation Phase. It takes about six months to complete this, depending on how well the child adjusts to the program. The aim is to stabilize the students based on an individual roadmap. Each roadmap is based on an initial psychoanalysis done before each child enters the program. The staff will evaluate each student based on their emotional, academic, and behavioral state. Therapy sessions and activities will be helpful in meeting the invdividual needs of the child, based on the psychoanalysis and initial evaluation. Each child is different, so it may take different lengths of time before a child will exhibit a more stable behavior and a better attitude towards their academic performance.
Once the orientation phase is done, the student then goes through the Transition Phase. There are still individual and group counseling sessions done in this phase, although most of the effort will be put towards helping the child integrate back into their homes and the community. It’s also during this phase that parents will begin to work more closely with the staff through attending family counseling and getting more involved in some of the activities in the school. In order to ensure the continuity of the good work that has been started in the children’s lives through the therapy provided by Turning Winds, parents and other family members should also be educated on how they can provide a nurturing and safe home environment for the teens.
The last phase is the Aftercare Phase. Integrating back to society can sometimes be rough for teens. In order not to undo any improvements that they have gained in therapeutic boarding school, parents and their teens are encouraged to utilise the network of therapists that Turning Winds provide in order to see to the aftercare phase of the program. Getting well is a process, and it’s important to see this through to the end if you’re hoping for a change that is lasting and life changing for your child.
“Rebecca and I wanted to send you some exciting news. We’ve attached a copy of Jon Cowan’s first semester college grades–A, A, and A- for a GPA of 3.87. He told us ‘I guess I’m cut out for this college stuff after all.’ He has been living in a dorm all semester and recently moved into a condo with a friend he met at college. We’re very proud of him, and I should emphasize that he did all this himself, while working a full-time job as a chef in a nice restaurant. We see Jordan once a week when he comes over to do laundry and have dinner, but we never once had to bug him about his homework or his studies. He got these grades on his own initiative.”
“Henry is doing wonderfully. He’s 18 now, going to college at the University of Colorado and staying in a dorm. He also has a full-time job as a sous chef at a four-star restaurant in Colorado Springs, and he very much enjoys his work. His personality has vastly improved, and I can honestly say that in more than a year since he’s been home we haven’t had a single argument with him. That’s never happened before! Rebecca and I do not begrudge a moment Henry spent with you. He is miraculously improved now and we really enjoy having him around; we’re proud of what he’s accomplished. Thanks for your help.”