Although not every child with autism will benefit from residential treatment, a boarding school-type environment can make a significant difference for many kids who struggle with the behavioral issues common to ASD and similar neurodevelopmental challenges.
Today, as a growing body of research demonstrates just how beneficial the residential academy setting can be, parents have begun to view residential academy programs as a comprehensive solution that gives their child the best chance at living a successful, independent life.
The Challenges of Traditional Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (or ASD) struggle to cope with their everyday world. The sensory processing problems common to ASD can make even the most mundane outside stimuli feel overwhelming.
Special-needs school programs aren’t enough for many children on the spectrum, even when they’re supplemented with medication and individual therapy.
Many parents and caregivers consider residential treatment only as a last resort, after they’ve exhausted themselves and their resources in an attempt to keep their adolescent or young teen at home.
In reality, the therapeutic residential academy setting can provide an environment that ASD kids never have the opportunity to experience otherwise.
The Enriching Environment of Autism Residential Treatment
In a residential academy setting, ASD kids have around-the-clock access to and assistance from teachers, therapeutic specialists, home directors and other caregivers. Every moment of their day is dedicated to learning, growing and building their life skills for the future.
In autism residential treatment settings, caregivers are specially trained and experienced in providing ASD students with the sense of security they need to avoid becoming overwhelmed and experiencing a meltdown. At the same time, this environment provides a safe space for students to form meaningful bonds with staff members and each other.
ASD Residential Treatment Establishes the Basis for Lifetime Success
Within the residential academy framework, educators and therapists have the opportunity to teach students invaluable skills for emotional regulation and healthy attachment building.
Residential treatment allows students to practice and hone their new skills as they have the opportunity to explore new experiences in sports, play, the arts and coordinated social events.
And, because parents are an integral part of their student’s treatment team, they are involved on a first-hand basis. This allows parents to support their child’s progress all along the way.
Peers Academy, a part of northern Utah’s Heritage Community, provides a truly individualized experience for students with neurodevelopmental delays and disabilities. Our evidence-based program aligns each student’s unique abilities with the accommodations that they need to develop competencies in emotional regulation, executive functioning and social skills.
If you would like to learn more about how your child could benefit from autistic residential treatment, contact us to schedule a private consultation.