A therapeutic boarding school might not be the right choice for every preteen and teenager, but for many girls who are in middle school or are about to go into middle school, these institutions have a lot to offer families and the girls themselves. Girls who are already exhibiting behavioral problems at this young age can especially benefit from one of these schools.
When parents are looking for help and the girls are facing challenges they find themselves ill-equipped to manage, a therapeutic boarding school has the ability provide an environment that gives the family and the girl the chance to grow and improve.
A Learning and Growing Environment
Taking the child out of the home and putting her in a boarding school is often a difficult decision. It is important to remember that removing the girl from the situation and giving her the space to look objectively at her family and the world around her gives her the perspective she needs to understand how her actions affect those around her. A therapeutic boarding school has the unique ability to provide a living and learning environment that is conducive to making the necessary changes.
One of the biggest ways a therapeutic boarding school can help a young girl is to provide her with a consistent environment of individualized care. Often, the work done at school or with a counselor is undone by an inconsistent home environment. At a boarding school, the place where she is getting the care she needs to improve is also the place where she lives. She will get the reinforcement that she needs in order to learn good behaviors and understand the full impact of bad behaviors.
Integrating with Family
Though the girl is taken out of the home when she attends a therapeutic boarding school, she still has a connection to her family that allows her to build healthier relationships with the people who love her the most.
These schools are intended to create a situation that is better for the entire family, and because the staff can work not only with the girl, but also with her family, to make sure she is getting the best education and care that she needs, even after she leaves the school, she and the family have the foundation they need to continue improving.