At Seven Stars, our programming brings together adventure therapy and autism in order to help teens who struggle with the social, emotional, academic, psychological, and psychiatric issues that arise on the spectrum.
Adventure therapy provides our students with unique opportunities to build self-confidence and learn important life skills.
What is adventure therapy?
Adventure therapy offers an incredibly efficient and healthy environment for adolescents on the spectrum to work through their issues therapeutically.
Through the combination of experiential education and therapy, activities like kayaking, hiking, and rock climbing give teenagers the chance to step out of their comfort zone in a safe environment.
How adventure therapy and autism work together
Nature is one of the world’s most untapped resources for mental health. It’s been proven to lower anxiety and depression symptoms, along with creating a calm, nurturing setting for growth–which shows that adventure therapy and autism sort of fit together.
In adventure therapy activities, our students get more than physical exercise. An activity, such as rafting, requires a lot of communication and teamwork–this helps our students practice building relationships and cooperating with others.
Here are some of the benefits the combination of adventure therapy and autism offer:
- Delivering valuable therapeutic experiences to students resistant to traditional treatment. One of the things that sets Seven Stars apart is our variation in environments. Students spend half the week on-campus in residential therapy and classroom academics, the second half is spent off-campus doing adventure and experiential therapies. These varied settings allow our students to gain a new take on therapy.
- An exciting, fun, and new way to gain insight on issues. A change of environment does a lot to change your perspective. By taking students out of their traditional surroundings and placing them in different activities or environments they haven’t experienced before, we allow them to see themselves through a different lens. Observing and working with our students in these new ways helps identify behaviors that other therapies can miss.
- Engagement of the mind-body process. In today’s society, it’s not unusual for teens–and people in general–to lose touch with their mind-body connection. That doesn’t make it any less important, though. We aim to help our students reconnect with that process in order to help them identify and work through their issues more meaningfully.
If you believe your son or daughter is struggling with a mental health issue, it’s critical to reach out to a professional for further guidance.
Seven Stars is here to help your family
Seven Stars is a program that treats teens with neurodevelopmental disorders. We combine residential treatment with adventure therapy to create a multifaceted, effective program for adolescents, ages 13 to 18, struggling with emotional and behavioral issues as a result of their neurodevelopmental disorder.
We embed the objectives we have for each student into daily activities and teach emotional wellness skills such as conflict resolution, problem solving, social skills, academic skills, self-efficacy, and prosocial behaviors. At Seven Stars, we strive to help our students develop the skills necessary to live full, productive lives.
For more information about adventure therapy and autism at Seven Stars, contact us today at 844-601-1167
Since 2003, Dr. Gordon Day has passionately helped young people with a wide range of family, emotional, social, neurodevelopmental and behavioral problems. Gordon’s mission has been to help people find their strengths and their own passion for living a full and rewarding life. He is particularly sensitive to the pressures, frustrations and disappointments that adolescents face that can sometimes cause them and their loved ones to want to withdraw and throw their hands up in despair.
Dr. Day knows that you really have to understand where a student is coming from and understand their patterns of strengths and needs. When we truly know an individual and their struggles, only then can we truly help.
Dr. Day has pioneered the use of outdoor therapy activities and outdoor living as a dynamic and effective therapeutic tool for learning, confidence building and skill building. His programs provide effective, supportive and encouraging environments that help students find their strengths and power.