The key words here are ‘residential’ and ‘treatment’. If your child is troubled and needs help, then one way of assisting is to place them in residence in a school which provides relevant therapy. That is all fine but which school? Are they all the same? Most certainly not and that is why making the right choice is very important. Basically there are three types of residential schools set up to assist troubled teens.
– Military schools
– Religious schools
– Therapeutic schools
Each offers unique programs and obviously operates from a different base. As a parent, it’s your task to have your child properly assessed to pinpoint the reason or reasons why they are troubled and then to match the needs of your child with the appropriate school.
A military school is ideal if your child who needs a strong sense of discipline. The schools run like clockwork, give great support for academic and sporting activities, challenge the students to become high achievers and reward those who follow instructions and work hard. If that sounds like the treatment your teen requires, then you should seriously consider a military school. They do not take troublesome teens and certainly not those who are in trouble with the authorities. A military school is an excellent stepping stone for young people seeking a career in the military.
A religious school bases its teaching program around the scriptures. The school believes that bible based teaching is the best way to nurture and teach a child preparing them for adult life and for life eternal. The staff members practice their faith and employ Christian principles in all they do to assist their students. The usual academic and sporting programs are taught in the belief that faith is an integral part of life and parents who share those beliefs and want their child to share them will seriously consider a religious school.
A therapeutic boarding school usually employs therapists on a full time or ongoing basis. Students with serious emotional problems are well suited to this type of school. If a stressful situation arises, there is a staff member trained in handling such matters who is available 24/7. Teens with issues of violence, stress and depression and those with conditions like ADHD are especially well catered for. Therapy is often on a one to one basis and in group sessions. The aim is to help the teen overcome their specific problem and to leave the school in a position where they can continue their schooling and go on to a rewarding career.
Every one of these residential schools offers a form of therapy. But which is the right school for your teen? You must decide. Sending your child to right school is vital. Because of the needs of your child, the programs they share at a particular school can help turn their life around and send them home a new and positive young person. Know their problem or problems and then get your choice of school absolutely right.