All Kinds of News for December 05, 2018
At Seven Stars, a residential treatment program and assessment center for teens ages 13-17 who struggle with neurodevelopmental disorders, students celebrate the holiday season by taking part in a variety of holiday-oriented activities and a holiday feast.
During the holiday season, parents have the opportunity to send letters, gifts, and cards that allow students to celebrate their family traditions while on campus. “Being away from home at this time of year can be difficult for our students, but they often enjoy the camaraderie with their fellow students and think fondly upon family traditions,” says Dr. Gordon Day, Executive Clinical Director and Founder at Seven Stars. “During the holiday season, students take part in activities that encourage relationship-building, respect for diverse beliefs and a sense of community.”
Throughout the year, honoring and celebrating diversity is an important aspect of programming at Seven Stars. “Our student body is very diverse. During the holiday season, discussing different family traditions is a fun learning experience for students that helps everyone feel included,” says Dr. Day. “Our social skills groups are the perfect place for us to talk about traditions and holidays. The students enjoy talking about special meals that their family creates and the different symbols and activities their family takes part in.”
Speaking of traditions, Seven Stars students and staff make a variety of decorations for the dorms on campus and discuss their meaning. Sometimes families send holiday treats for the whole group to enjoy.
As an assessment and treatment program that works with students who require intensive 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. Parents are invited to stay close to campus so that they can celebrate the holidays with their child through scheduled on and off campus activities.
“This can be a great time to work on family relationships and family therapy,” says Dr. Day. “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 are ready 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 Dr. 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.”
For more information about therapeutic and academic programming at Seven Stars, please visit http://www.discoversevenstars.com/ or call 844-601-1167.
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.