Therapeutic Boarding Schools in Fort Smith, Arkansas
Is your teenager spinning out of control? Looking for a therapeutic Christian boarding school for him or her near Fort Smith, Arkansas?
There is nothing worse than having your teen spinning out of control, and no worse feeling than the sadness parents experience in the process. It is difficult to know what to do and how to react when your adolescent daily reaches new lows in disobedience, dishonesty, and disrespect, and chooses badly.
We know, because we went through it with our son. Raised in a Christian home and mostly home-schooled until high school, we suddenly found that we didn’t know him. He had changed seemingly overnight. His grades started falling and his interest in sports and old friends shifted to a new group of friends — the kind parents are wary of.
Unknowingy, our son was already heavy into smoking pot, sniffing solvents, drinking alcohol and just about everything else his new peer group dared him to do. The downward spiral was dramatic — all the way down to fist-through- the-wallboard rages, running away for days at a time, and finally threatening suicide. After months in counseling, the therapist proclaimed that there was nothing more he could do. He recommended a local residential program and school where issues could be dealt with and the influence of his negative peer group could be broken.
Putting our son in a therapeutic boarding school was the hardest thing we’ve ever done as parents.
Not only would it mean selling everything and cashing in all of our savings and the boy’s college fund, but it would mean not seeing our boy for long periods of time. We cried for two days after dropping him off. But then, two weeks later, we learned our boy had been attacked on campus. Unfortunately, the school we put him in was also taking in some violent gang members (they hadn’t told us that), and our son was soon their target, nearly killing him. After his recovery, we went on our own search for the right Christian boarding school where he could be safe and be treated for his issues – after all, he still needed help, and now he also needed therapy for the trauma of being attacked.
We learned from this traumatic experience that therapeutic schools can be quite different and need to be selected based on their strengths and avoided if they have serious weaknesses. It’s important to know what those are.
Some Christian boarding schools are good, and others are not so good. Some target one set of issues; others are experts on other issues. But talking to them, they want to fill their beds, so they’ll often present themselves as “experts in all areas” having to do with behavior. But that’s not always so. Some kids are just being rebellious, but others are really dealing with serious issues that may not be known to their parents. So choosing a “behavioral modification” program when a “therapeutic” program is needed can do more harm than good. It can also be a big waste of money.
No one was offering to help us find the right school for our boy. We made a mistake to begin with, and that cost us dearly, but after weeks of research we found a good program that was able to help our son. Today, our family and even our son are thankful for that program.
The program we finally enrolled him in literally saved his life and got him off the downward spiral.
So, is your family experiencing the same storms of a teenager who is out of control? Are you walking on similar pins and needles around your teen? Does it sometimes seem like he or she has suddenly been taken over by aliens (well, not literally)?
Let us assist you in finding the best school near Fort Smith, Arkansas. We’ve made it our life goal to know all we can about every school, so we can help parents (without cost) find the best possible choice for their troubled teen. We want to help you avoid the same mistake we did.
Now, every day we hear from many frustrated parents in towns like Fort Smith, Arkansas, who share how their once normal and happy child has become seriously out of control — just like our son was. They talk about how it has disrupted their family and how they fear for their child’s future and very life. “My child is no longer who she used to be,” is an often repeated cry from these parents.
If your child is out of control, he or she needs you to intervene. That’s why you’ve landed on this site, so allow us to be the resource you need to help you find just the right program near Fort Smith, Arkansas. The downward spiral your teen is on can have tremendous destructive potential with lifelong consequences, or even bring a young life to a quick end. Don’t wait. Act now based on what you know is true – your faith, your own beliefs, and what you know is best for your child.
Use our expertise to help you find a Christian boarding school closest to Fort Smith, Arkansas that will provide your teen with the help and mentoring he or she needs, and within your budget. We’ve visited most of these schools and we know the staff there. We know what they are good at, and what they are not so good at. We poll parents who have placed their teen in these programs, so we know how well they have done.
Avoid the temptation to put your child in a therapeutic boarding school nearby Fort Smith merely out of convenience (like we did). Rather, find the program that is most likely to help your child, wherever it may be located in the country. Give us the chance to tell you about a few of them. Fill in the online form now to begin that process. There is NO CHARGE for this service.
|More about Fort Smith, Arkansas:Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and one of the two county seats of Sebastian County.GR With a population of 86,209 in 2010, it is the principal city of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area, a region of 298,592 residents which encompasses the Arkansas counties of Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian, and the Oklahoma counties Le Flore and Sequoyah.
Fort Smith has a sister city relationship with Cisterna, Italy, site of the World War II Battle of Cisterna fought by the United States Army Rangers commanded by Fort Smith native William O. Darby.
Fort Smith lies on the Arkansas-Oklahoma state border, situated at the junction of the Arkansas and Poteau Rivers, also known as Belle Point. The city began as a western frontier military post in 1817 and would later become well known for its role in the settling of the “Wild West” and its law enforcement heritage.
In 2007, Fort Smith was selected by the United States Department of the Interior to be the location of the new United States Marshals Service National Museum.
Fort Smith has seen a national surge in popularity due to the recent success of the Oscar nominated film True Grit, a 2010 Western film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and starring Jeff Bridges, which is set in and around historic Fort Smith in the 1870s.
In November 2010, former businessman Sandy Sanders was elected mayor.
Excerpt about Fort Smith, Arkansas, used with permission from Wikipedia.com.Wolf Creek Academy
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