Motivating the Unmotivated Teen

Motivating the Unmotivated Teen Parents have used all kinds of motivational tactics to get their teenager to do things they don’t like to do. We use such tactics as rewards, punishments, cheering them on, lectures and, as a last resort, the futile argument of reason. I have s ...

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Help Your Troubled Teenager by Taking Care of Yourself

Help Your Troubled Teenager by Taking Care of Yourself At the beginning of a flight, you’ll often hear flight attendants state “In case of a loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will deploy,” and ask passengers to, “Please place the mask first on yourself and then assist children or other passeng ...

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Encouraging Students with Autism to Try New Things

Encouraging Students with Autism to Try New Things Anxiety and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often go hand in hand. Individuals on the autism spectrum can experience significant anxiety when it comes to trying new things. As a recreation therapist for more than 15 years, I’ve seen anxiety when stu ...

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10 Do’s and Don’ts for Meaningful Phone Calls

10 Do’s and Don’ts for Meaningful Phone Calls For many families the geographic distance between home and their program is a key component to help adolescents learn to take care of themselves and to allow a space for families to heal and change. It also means that the time allotted for communicat ...

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Identifying Depressive Symptoms in Adolescents

Identifying Depressive Symptoms in Adolescents When we observe the behavior and attitudes of our teens whose brains, bodies, forethought and judgement are still in development, they might look like they are oversized kids – uncoordinated, sometimes goofy and lacking in proper problem solving sk ...

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Why Staying Involved Matters

Why Staying Involved Matters As a parent, you’re the most important figure in your teen’s life – even if they’re involved with a residential treatment center like Heritage and not living at home. They take their cues from you and often aspire to be like you, and your inf ...

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The Power of ‘Adopt a Horse’ For Students Who Struggle with Attachment

The Power of ‘Adopt a Horse’ For Students Who Struggle with Attachment It was late one afternoon, and Jimmy, a student in the equine therapy program at Heritage, was spending time with his adopted horse, Scout. He was teaching Scout to be comfortable with the body clippers. He had been working on this task for weeks—l ...

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