Wilderness or outward-bound programs have long been proven to help “troubled teens” and are now recommended for educating bipolar students too. Typically these positive results have been with substance abuse and or other behavior disorders such as Oppositional Disorders and ADHD, recently however it’s been found that teens suffering with bipolar disorder can benefit from such treatment programs as well.
Just as it has been proven in published studies that children with bipolar disorder respond well to cognitive therapy in addition to medication, recent studies seem to indicate that the environment and philosophy at a wilderness camp can help bipolar education programs as well. Many facilities are accepting bipolar students if they are on medication to control manic-depressive episodes. With the mood swings under control the bipolar teen can benefit from the caring environment and outdoor programs designed to foster respect, camaraderie, and raise self-esteem, just as any troubled teen would.
In addition to the bipolar education taught in a school environment it is encouraged that parents continue the bipolar education at home as well. Try some of these interesting outdoor activities to give your bipolar child the proper attention, knowledge, and learning skills needed in today’s society.
1) Plant and Care for a Garden
This will provide excellent bipolar education skills while allowing you some special time with your little one, or big one. Let them take charge of the layout, planting and watering technique, and overall results so that they can look back and see what they have accomplished all by their self.
2) Outdoor Sports
Pick a sport that your child is best at or likes the most. Set up goals or organize your yard to make it look like a real field. Not only can your child get help with the setup, they will take the pleasure of playing the game with the whole family.
3) Wash the Car or House
An essential to bipolar education, having outdoor responsibilities will improve behavior while instilling pride in your child. Let them take over since there is very little to hurt. Your child will be very excited to look at a clean house knowing that they operating the power washer all by their self.
4) Yard Work
Contrary to most beliefs a bipolar child is completely capable of having chores outside. By having them help with mowing, picking up trash, and raking you are encouraging them to try their hardest, even if society is not pushing them. Bipolar education is a method of teaching them to help themselves rather than fall back on their disorder.
These types of bipolar education activities teach young men and women to adapt to novel situations with confidence and poise while applying the same principles of cognitive behavior therapy the teen with bipolar disorder would receive in any other setting – but here they may be more willing to participate, because of the uniqueness of the wilderness environment. They encourage new ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving and teach responsibility for others – all of which can also benefit the bipolar teen seeking ultimate results from bipolar education.