All Kinds of News for June 07, 2017
Trails Carolina, a wilderness therapy program for teens ages 10-17, helps students rebuild confidence in the classroom by providing accommodations for individualized academic challenges. At Trails, students cycle through periods spent in the wilderness and on base camp. During their time at base camp, teens spend some of their time participating in academic programming within a traditional classroom setting. Academic staff work closely with students to address problems in the classroom. During the summer months, this can help students make the changes necessary to start the school year on the right track.
Trails Carolina Academic Director Dave Rollins holds a Masters Degree in teaching from Western Oregon University with an endorsement in Special Education from Concordia University. A large portion of his professional experience has included working with students dealing with emotional and behavioral issues. As a special education teacher, he is able to provide a unique perspective for evaluating student's individual learning differences during their time at Trails.
“We generally have quite a few students who have fallen behind in school or who have not been going to school due to learning differences,” comments Rollins. “Trails helps reintegrate these students into the classroom. Once they are in the classroom, we can begin to evaluate their specific academic needs and make accommodations based on what we see.”
Trails works with a wide range of students who have experienced different levels of academic success in the past.
“On the other side of the spectrum, there are also many students who do extremely well in school,” says Rollins. “For these students, the stress of feeling like they need to receive perfect grades and test scores can become too much. Our program allows these students to slow down and figure out their priorities.”
Throughout the program, students build confidence and gain skills that can translate back into the classroom setting upon graduation from Trails.
“The dedicated and passionate staff at our program provide the support and individualized attention students might have difficulty finding in their school back home,” says Rollins. “If a student is doing poorly in the classroom at Trails or acts out during class, we look for the underlying challenges causing the behavior and work towards a solution.”
Trails provides a safe, nurturing environment for students to feel more comfortable in the classroom and begin working towards a brighter, happier future.
About Trails Carolina
Trails Carolina is a wilderness therapy program based just outside of Asheville, North Carolina that offers a multi-dimensional wilderness therapy model to troubled adolescents, ages 10-17. Trails capitalizes upon the profound effects of a student’s wilderness experience, and then combines that experience with strong clinical assessments and therapy. For additional information about Trails Carolina, please call 800-975-7303.