All Kinds of News for February 06, 2019
At Seven Stars, a residential treatment and assessment program for teens with neurodevelopmental issues, this winter has been full of outdoor adventures and personal growth opportunities. Students have spent many weekends learning new snow sports such as cross country skiing and snowshoeing throughout the Wasatch Front. For most of the students enrolled, this is the first time they have done these activities and it is a big step outside of the comfort zone. And still, “many students have become pros at cross country skiing, which has become a favorite activity among many students,” says Mischa Ostberg, Outdoor Adventure Leader at Seven Stars. “We have taken advantage of the beautiful snowfall in Eden, Utah at North Fork Park. Interested students also attended a cross country ski class at REI in Salt Lake City where they learned about the basics of nordic skiing and gear maintenance.” This winter’s snowfall in Utah has allowed for many snowshoe trips on the Wasatch Front.
“Although it was a challenge, students were able to snowshoe to beautiful Donut Falls and many other mountain lakes on their trips,” says Ostberg. “During our more mild days, we took advantage of the hiking trails at Antelope Island and had the wonderful opportunity to spot the herd of bison when we were lucky.”
In addition to snowshoeing and cross country skiing, climbing also has become a regular activity for recreational programming. “Many students are enjoying the challenge and problem-solving that bouldering and top rope climbing require,” comments Ostberg. “Utah is full of climbing gyms and visiting them provide the students with a variety of climbing opportunities and opportunities to practice their social skills. Each time they climb, the students improve and try to challenge themselves more. It is very inspiring to watch! We have worked to teach them Figure 8 knots, bouldering and climbing safety when they get on the wall.”
For more information about recreation programming at Seven Stars, please visit the outdoor recreation page.
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.