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Reactive Attachment Disorder in Teenagers

Wolf Creek Academy therapeutic boarding school serves troubled youth with many behavioral issues resulting from Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD).

boarding school for troubled teensReactive Attachment Disorder is a rare but serious condition in which an infant or young child doesn’t establish healthy attachments with parents or caregivers. RAD may develop if the child’s basic needs for comfort, affection, and nurturing aren’t met and loving, caring, stable attachments with others are not established.

With treatment, children with reactive attachment disorder may develop more stable and healthy relationships with caregivers and others. Reactive Attachment Disorder treatments include psychological counseling, parent or caregiver counseling and education, learning positive child and caregiver interactions, and creating a stable, nurturing environment.

It is never easy to look to someone else for help. It takes strength and humility to admit we don’t have all of the answers. However, in those moments, when we are struggling to figure out our next steps, we are never alone. We have friends, family members, and even experts ready to give us sound advice. Students (14-17 years old) are placed at Wolf Creek Academy out of incredible love for them. Families sacrifice finances, relationships, and time to send their students to us.

Wolf Creek Academy is where families, who love their child, turn to help their children become the best version of themselves. It is not a place of punishment for bad teens but a restoration place for strong families. 

boarding school for troubled teensWolf Creek Academy utilizes several therapeutic approaches to help teenagers heal from reactive attachment disorder. Focusing on Adventure Therapy in the outdoors, our team builds relationships with each student and family. We assess the student and their family’s needs and create an individualized plan to wrap our services around each family. Wolf Creek Academy establishes an environment of love, utilizing adventure, unique experiences, and fun within a safe and structured environment to help each student build self-confidence and a sense of identity that will help them find success now and for a lifetime! 

Wolf Creek Academy staff builds relationships with the troubled teens in our program by stepping out of our normal routines and interacting with our students in everyday moments. Daily activities like playing gaga ball, kickball, soccer, basketball, football, or frisbee builds and strengthens relationships. We engage the student’s artistic sides through playing, listening to, or writing music with them. We take out crayons, markers, chalk, or paint and draw, craft, or do other projects with them. It is not what we do that matters; we take the time to do things with students, letting them know they are so important to us and care deeply about them.

Once we can establish a trusting environment, the healing work can begin, and your teenager with reactive attachment disorder can be restored and your family reconciled.

When You Need Help with a Teenager with RAD

boarding school for troubled teensIf things should become increasingly difficult to continue a normal family life, you may need to consider whether the adolescent may need more care than what can be provided in the home. Many parents seeking help for their child often wait until things have become so difficult that the family has split, and they even fear for their own safety and the safety of the other children in the household.  Some wait until the teen does something illegal or violent to another person, and then it is too late. In those situations, they find themselves possibly making hasty decisions that may not be the best for the adolescent or the family in the long run.  When serious defiance surfaces in a teen and counseling do not help, a full-time therapeutic environment may be necessary for the child’s future. If you find that you are at your wit’s end and are doing all that you know to do and need help, seek residential treatment for your child before he or she ends up in serious trouble.  

Wolf Creek is a therapeutic boarding school that works with Reactive Attachment Disorder in boys, and girls aged 13 to 17. For over 30 years, our highly trained professional counselors have provided behavioral therapy for troubled teenagers.

We can help your teen. We have a limited number of placements available for teens with ODD and other defiance and anger issues. Call or email us for more information today!

Call Us Toll Free: (877)477-9653

Email: info@wolfcreekacademy.org

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