The trouble facing your teenHow do you define a troubled teen? Everyone knows that the teen years are filled with changes for the teen and those around him. Troubling behavior is that which deviates from the expected teen behavior.
- Your teen may get angry, aggressive, and even violent toward their family and friends.
- Depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns may make themselves known.
- Skipping school, slipping grades, and getting into trouble at school often indicate something is amiss with your teen.
- Drug and alcohol use that leans to being substance abuse can become a scary sign that your teen is struggling.
- Changes in how a teen dresses, and behaves and the people they spend time with can be troubling, particularly if he is now getting into trouble with law enforcement.
- Ignoring and skipping curfew or perhaps not coming home is a sign of a problem.
How do you decide on a school?Once you’ve decided to send him to a different school, how do you narrow down your options? It can feel overwhelming when you see that there are so many kinds of schools, each offering something different. Many will offer similar programs and even include a lot of time spent with nature, but there are critical differences between them for parents to be aware of. When looking for a school for troubled teens, consider some of the following factors.
- The location of the school. It’s tempting to opt for a school that’s a short drive away, but this may not give you the options for schools that can meet each of his needs.
- What qualifications do educators and mental and medical professionals have? Does the school have strict licensing requirements in place?
- What kind of academic support will the school provide your teen? Does it align with his education goals?
- Does the school offer constant supervision for troubled teens?
- What kind of therapy is offered? Individual, group, family? All?
- Do the treatment programs lean toward being a one-size solution, or can they be adapted and adjusted to meet the needs of the individual?
- Will the school offer other activities that your teen can enjoy? Such as sports, art, hiking, and more?