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Academic and classroom difficulties are often the number one reason parents seek help for their teen at Seven Stars, a residential treatment center for teens (ages 13-17) who struggle with Autism and learning disorders.
Although Autism Spectrum Disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder rather than a learning disorder, teens on the Autism Spectrum have a high incidence of learning differences. Attention, executive function, cognitive, sensory, graphomotor and processing difficulties can interfere significantly with academic achievement. Additionally, social anxiety can make a traditional classroom environment feel overwhelming.
Therapeutic classrooms are designed for students who benefit from additional support with emotion regulation and problem-solving as well as academic help. They remove some of the distractions of a traditional school environment by offering smaller class sizes and experiential learning opportunities.
No one can learn new academic concepts if they are stressed, afraid or dysregulated. “Our goal in a therapeutic classroom is to get to the root of the issues,” explains Dr. Gordon Day, Founder of Seven Stars and Executive Clinical Director. “It is important to meet each child where they are in their struggle and help them find their individual motivation for academic engagement.” Practicing coping skills, managing fears, asking for help, advocating for breaks and managing distractions are keys to classroom success.
According to Dr. Day, “our academic curriculum is designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of students. We provide each student with self-paced academic packets that are at their grade level to help them stay on track academically or catch up on credits. Comprehension of the material is checked through online assessments.”
In addition to core curriculum, students also have the opportunity to earn experiential credits in health and fitness, critical thinking and art.
The clinical team works closely with parents and referring professionals to figure out the best academic environment for each student’s continued success.
For more information about academic programming at Seven Stars, please contact us at 801-773-0200.
About Seven Stars
Seven Stars is a leading assessment program and residential treatment center for teens ages 13-17 who struggle with neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. For more information about programming at Seven Stars, please call 844-601-1167.