All Kinds of News for December 06, 2017
Seven Stars, a therapeutic program which provides assessments for teens ages 13-17 who struggle with neurodevelopmental disorders, gets students into the holiday spirit during the last weeks of December through special holiday-oriented activities on campus and a huge holiday feast.
For students who do not get the opportunity to go home during the holiday season, due to their recent enrollment or ongoing therapeutic needs, these holiday activities can bring a piece of home to campus.
“Parents are encouraged to send cards, letters and small gifts or items that allow our diverse student population to remember their family traditions,” comments Dr. Gordon Day, Executive Clinical Director and Founder of Seven Stars. “Being away from home at this time of year can be difficult for students, but they often enjoy the camaraderie with their fellow students and think fondly upon family traditions. During the holiday season, students take part in activities that encourage relationship-building, respect for diverse beliefs and a sense of community.”
Celebrating diversity is important for Dr. Day and his team.
“We always remind ourselves and our students that we have a very diverse student body at Seven Stars,” says Day. “Our social skills groups are the perfect place for us to talk about traditions and holidays. The students enjoy talking about special meals and visiting relatives. We talk about different symbols, special food, service to others and traditions in general. We make a variety of decorations for our dorm and talk about their meaning. Sometimes a family will send special holiday treats for the whole group to enjoy.”
As an assessment and treatment program that works with students who need high levels of therapeutic support, usually only a few students at Seven Stars go on home visits for the holidays. For those who stay, families are encouraged to come visit their child.
“It can be tough for parents to be away from their child over the holiday season too,” says Dr. Day. “However, parents are welcome to stay close to campus and celebrate the holiday together through scheduled on and off campus activities. This can be a great time to work on family relationships and family therapy. Some families even bring their holiday traditions to Utah. Holidays such as Christmas or Hanukkah celebrated as a family in a local hotel, condo or mountain cabin provides a memorable, quiet retreat from the normal bustle of the holidays at home.”
Students who have made progress within the program have the opportunity to go on home visits with their family. These visits can range from a few days to a week depending on the student.
“The holiday season can be a stressful time for families,” comments Day. “When students go home for visits during this period, it can be a unique chance to see how far they’ve come and the changes they’ve made during their time at Seven Stars.”
About Seven Stars
Seven Stars is a premier therapeutic program for teens ages 13-17 struggling with neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Learning Disorders (verbal or nonverbal). Seven Stars’ treatment model takes a revolutionary shift from normal therapy methods. By combining acute care stabilization with residential treatment and academics, true multidisciplinary assessment and treatment, outdoor experiential therapy and positive psychology, Seven Stars therapeutic program understands, assesses and builds the confidence and skills of students struggling with neurodevelopmental disorders.