The fact is no one wants to face the prospect of sending their son or daughter away. Since we have been there through everything from birth on we hold this special bond that makes it harder for us to believe they may not be “better off” at home where they belong. While it may be incredibly painful to think, you could be hurting your child by keeping them in an environment that is holding them back for one reason or another. After trying everything else, a stay at a behavior modification boarding school may be the best way to help your child gain control of their life, and return peace to your home.
The main question to consider before making such a decision is how much distress is your child’s behavior problem causing you, the child, or other members of the family? Pay close attention to siblings, taking not of any rebellious behavior that could be caused by the tension in the home. If your home is in constant turmoil due to persistent arguing, defiance, even violence on the part of your child, he or she may have a condition known as Oppositional Defiant Disorder. The American Psychiatric Association defines Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) as a recurrent pattern of negativistic, defiant, disobedient, and hostile behavior toward authority figures that persists for at least 6 months. ODD is usually diagnosed when a child has a persistent or consistent pattern of disobedience and hostility toward parents, teachers, or other adults. Specialists in adolescent behavior agree that teenagers or children exhibiting such behaviors should be considered for a short-term stay at a behavior modification boarding school that specializes in ODD. If left untreated it could turn into a much larger problem extending into adulthood.
There are many types of behavior modification boarding schools that offer short and long-term programs which can either be faith based, or non-sectarian. You can also choose from different behavior modification boarding schools based on needs for specific age, sex, and therapeutic curricula. Your child’s physician, mental health professional, or a school counselor can help you to find the program that is best for you and your family.