Help For Parent Struggling With Defiant Teens
The term troubled teen is the center of discussion for many professionals associated with the youth of today. Many educational, medical, and law enforcement professionals deal with troubled teen problems on a daily basis. The troubled teen problems range from non compliance at school to unlawful activities on the streets. No matter which end of the spectrum you are on, dealing with a troubled teen can be a highly stressful and a time consuming process. The internet today is filled with options for parents with troubled teens. The difficulty doesn’t seem to come from finding placement but in deciding which type of help is the most appropriate. We will explain the following choices that you may currently be considering.
Schools for troubled teens
Programs for troubled teens
Boarding schools for troubled teens
Camps for troubled teens
Boot camps for troubled teens
Juvenile boot camps
Teen boot camps
Programs For Troubled Teens
A program for troubled teens is a broad description of options that are available to a parent with a defiant out of control teen. Programs can include local day help within your local school district, and range all of the way to highly structured boot camps. Other types of programs for troubled teens include substance abuse programs, and therapeutic programs. These may also be residential, but can usually be obtained locally. Programs for troubled teens range in length and price much like boarding schools for troubled teens.
One example of a program for a troubled teen would include counseling coupled with education from a local resource school. This option would only be possible with some cooperation from your child. Boarding programs for troubled teens would include boarding schools for troubled teens, wilderness programs, boot camps, military schools, residential treatment centers, therapeutic boarding schools, alternative schools, and some Christian boarding schools. The term program for teens is sometimes a catch phrase for any type of help available to a family seeking help for a defiant teen. We have many resources available to help a family seeking placement for their child in a program for troubled teens. When trying to decide what the best program may be for your troubled teen you should consider all of the factors surrounding your child’s negative behavior.
Divorce, abuse, psychological, and emotional problems all need to be considered. If your child has definite psychological needs and you decide on a boot camp type program without therapy, you may actually be doing more harm than good. If a child is exhibiting signs of self mutilation, fire starting, or other types of warning signs, you should be careful in selecting a program. We have a prescreening process that will help you determine which type of program is most appropriate for your troubled teen.
Educating Your Troubled Teen
As you may have already discovered just because a troubled teen is reluctant to attend school you are still responsible to see that he or she is educated. Many states have gone as far as to fine and even prosecute a parent if their child does not attend school. We receive calls on a regular basis asking: “How do you force a child to go to school?” “How do you get a child out of bed in the morning just to get them to go to school?” The problem is more complex than just getting a troubled teen to go to school. Many teens taken to school by their parents will walk out the back door as soon as their parent drives away. We have had parents tell us that they have to accompany their children to class to assure that they will stay. However, most parents do not have the ability to pursue this course of action. Many of today’s troubled teens have a sense of entitlement. They feel that they are free to do what ever they want, and that there is nothing you or anyone can do about it. The legal responsibility of a parent is to make sure that their troubled teen receives an education. Also as an obligation, a parent is expected to help their child learn to become a productive citizen. What type of schools will take a troubled teen?
Schools For Troubled Teens
Most public schools are not equipped to deal with defiant troubled teens that have no desire to learn. The true troubled teen will spend most of his or her time in the principles office, the study hall, or resource class. Parents of these youth are usually on a first name basis with the school police officer, the principle, and guidance counselor. To parents and authority figures dismay, the troubled teen will feel no obligation to comply with school policies, family rules, or even the law. If a troubled teen is left responsible and continues down this certain road of failure, legal problems are inevitable.
Most schools districts have special schools for their troubled teens. But, parents still have to be dedicated enough to get their child to that special school. Schools for troubled teens are designed to help a child with their education. Unlike some public schools they will monitor a student on a daily basis, to assure that he or she is accomplishing what he or she is capable of doing. The majority of schools for troubled teens that we work with have an effective education program in place. Some are involved in the school district where the program is located, and others use home study type courses. It is wise to evaluate before hand the education your child will receive in a boarding school. So that when the troubled teen returns home, they will have no problems being accepted.
Keep in mind that before a child will begin to do school work at a troubled teen school, they will have to buy into or respond to the work the program has to offer. Each program has a different twist on how they will accomplish this task. You need to be very patient for the first few weeks that your child is enrolled. It may take a little while to get your teen back on track again. However, it is good to receive a report from the school to let you monitor your child’s progress. You need remember to be supportive in your letters, and also the phone calls you will get with your teen.
Boarding Schools And Camps
One option becoming more and more popular in today’s society is boarding schools for troubled teens. Boarding schools for troubled teens are designed specifically for the teen we have previously described. They will take troubled teens that are refusing to go to school, teens that are failing in school, and teens that are not making it in their current setting. The rules and structure of most boarding schools for troubled teens are similar. Teens are usually up quite early in the morning.
There is usually a heavy emphasis on physical fitness with proper eating habits. Most boarding schools for troubled teens do a lot of monitoring of your child, when they first arrive at the program. Freedom and privacy are usually not part of the typical boarding school setting. Boarding school prices may also vary. The basic boarding school for troubled teens will begin in price at around $2,100.00 per month. Boarding schools that include therapy can go for as high as $8,000.00 per month. Most boarding schools for troubled teens will qualify parents for some type of loan. Some boarding schools qualify for an education loan while others will need to be financed via some other finance option. Boarding schools for troubled teens are becoming more prevalent as troubled teens continue to receive more rights and privileges. They also learn soon enough of their own ability to legally defy their parents.
We would be happy to discuss boarding schools for troubled teens with you, please feel free to call us any time. The term camp for troubled teen will mean several things. Boot camp for troubled teen, or wilderness camp for troubled teen are a couple of the most commonly thought of. Wilderness camps for troubled teens are available in most parts of the United States. This type of placement is controversial, and has received some negative press in the last few years. There are some that have had a great deal of success, with a track record of safe effective help for troubled teens. Some have had serious accidents, and even deaths associated with their camps. This type of placement is not an option that we refer to very often. The danger of trying to monitor a troubled teen in the wilderness, coupled with the unpredictability of the weather, can be a dangerous combination. There are also some camps for troubled teens that have been highly successful. The cost for this type of program is usually more than a long term program.
Wilderness programs or camps for troubled teens are usually 30, 60, or 90 days in length. The price for this option can range from $6,000 to $10,000 for a 30 day program, and up from there for 60 and 90 day camps. We believe that if a child has developed negative behaviors for the last 10-15 years of their lives, they are going to need a little longer option than this to make life time changes. Some camps for troubled teens will offer impressive statistics, and even guarantees, if your child should revert back to their negative activities when they return home. Most of these guarantees are free but you do have to get your child back to them. Then you have to pay for new equipment to bring your troubled teen back out in the wilderness again.