All Kinds of News for January 09, 2019
The various paths that bring students to the Chamberlain International School are equally as unique as the individuals themselves. Following a traumatic brain injury and a year long hospital stay, Sapphire was ready to start again. “Life never really began until I came out of my coma.”
Sapphire suffered an anoxic brain injury in 2015 that placed her in a coma for 43 days. This left her with extreme deficiencies in the areas of memory, executive functioning, attention and processing speed. After a lengthy stay in the hospital and rehabilitation facilities, Sapphire needed a school that could address all of the challenges she was facing completing her High School education, ranging from memory loss to being able to cross the street independently. After one unsuccessful program placement, a member of her Central Based Support Team in New York City recommended the Chamberlain International School.
The Chamberlain International School gave Sapphire the space to grow along with the structure to support her through that growth. “I learned a lot about myself while I was here. I was able to do more than I ever thought possible.” While at the school, she reported her memory has improved with her ability to recall names and events more readily. Her therapist reported that she did a great job incorporating all of the coping strategies and skills she has learned to manage any frustrations associated with her memory loss. Sapphire was able to attain the highest stage in the tiered behavioral management system and was able to maintain that level of high achievement for an entire year.
As Sapphire transitions to the next phase of her life in sunny Florida, to take music classes and attend college, she has some advice for present and future students. “Put yourself first and don’t put so much pressure on yourself. Whatever you do try to be positive”
About Chamberlain International School
Located in Middleboro, Massachusetts, Chamberlain International School offers a therapeutic residential learning experience for students ranging in age from 11 to 22. Students at Chamberlain International School struggle with a variety of learning disabilities and mental health challenges.