The adolescent years can be some of the most confusing and intense, especially when it comes to school. For teens with autism, this time can be upsetting in completely different ways–which is why autism interventions need to be available.
In school, teens learn how to interact, socialize, make mistakes, take on responsibility, build relationships, and succeed. For teens with autism, this tends to be a bit more difficult sometimes. Because of a lack of understanding and support in typical school systems, these kids are often left behind.
More autism interventions needed in schools
So, let’s be real: not all teachers can double as psychologists in typical schools. What they can do is get trained to better understand and meet the needs of those with autism. The kids that usually fly under the radar the most have high-functioning autism.
These kids tend not to struggle academically, which means the school and teachers don’t see anything “wrong” even though they may be struggling to connect with their peers. They find themselves in a grey area where there’s little help available because they need help to develop social skills and form relationships, not with academics.
There are ways we can build autism interventions into the system that gives them more support than there is now. Social skills are essential for overall success later on in life, so they should be a goal of the school system since it helps enrich and educate the student population. Without strong relationships, it’s difficult to get through hard times in adulthood–which is why social skills and relationship building should be considered just as important as math skills.
Regular schools may not always be able to offer the level of support necessary for autism interventions, but there are programs that can. Some children with autism need more help than the regular school system can provide–and there’s nothing wrong with that. Not every child can thrive in the same environment, which is why other education and treatment programs have been developed.
If you believe your child is struggling in school or has a mental health issue, it’s critical to reach out to a professional for guidance.
Seven Stars is here for your family
Seven Stars is one of the leading schools for children with autism and other 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 how we provide autism interventions 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.