As a parent, you want to set your child up to receive the best education possible. Children who have high-functioning autism are often faced with more challenges in the academic setting. It can be extremely difficult for teachers to devote one-on-one time to your child’s needs when there are a large number of other students who need their attention also. The extent to which the challenges impact your child’s ability to learn will vary based on the individual. That’s why schools for high functioning autism might be a good option for your family.
Challenges your child may be facing
Do these challenges sound familiar to what your teen on the autism spectrum is experiencing?
- Challenges with transitions and change
- Difficulty with emotional regulation
- Difficulty following verbal communication
- Sensory issues
- Social “cluelessness”
When these things begin to interfere with your child’s ability to be successful at school, it may be time to consider schools for high-functioning autism. This is not a place created to remove your child from reality. Instead, it is a place where they learn the same curriculum as regular schools while receiving the appropriate care and attention they need to grow and thrive.
Five Reasons to Say Yes
Schools for high-functioning autism can help to create an environment that is most conducive to learning for your child. Below are five ways in which these specialty schools can be the best choice for your child:
- A focus on adaptation. Children with high-functioning autism have changing needs. Schools for high-functioning autism are able to focus on this and work directly on teaching children how to adapt to changing environments and expectations.
- Emphasis on persistence. Everything is a learning opportunity. Students at schools for high-functioning autism will be encouraged to capitalize on persistence which requires patience and perseverance.
- Shedding light on strengths. The structure of this type of school uses reflective components where students become aware of their strengths and areas in which they can improve on. Focusing on strengths and weaknesses can help children become more self-aware and better students.
- Engagement with others. Learning social navigation is extremely important. Schools for high-functioning autism are able to hit this subject from all angles. The programs offered through this school work with students to create healthy relationships with friends, families, and peers.
- The endless learning opportunities. Schools for high-functioning prioritize making everything a learning experience. These schools can offer stabilization, proper assessments, residential treatment, and therapeutic programs.
Seven Stars can help
Seven Stars is a residential treatment and assessment program program for young men and women ages 13-17 struggling with autism related issues. The program provides acute care stabilization, residential treatment, academic programs, adventure-based therapy, skill building, and positive psychology. These are the tools that help students improve their confidence and self-awareness. Seven Stars provides students with individualized access to the resources they need to transition to the real-world practicing healthier habits and self-control. We can help your family today!
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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.