5 Things To Keep in Mind for Teens Who Have Learning Challenges
By Stonewater Recovery · 2 minute read
At Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center, we recognize that teens face all kinds of challenges, especially when dealing with addiction and recovery. As part of our programs, our caring and professional staff will support you and your teen throughout the entire treatment and recovery process. This support can even include education assistance as your teen continues their education during treatment. Our family recovery support program provides remote therapy sessions to you and other family members. It also helps you understand how your adolescent's substance use impacts you and your family. In addition, you'll learn how to navigate the treatment process. With our help, you can create an ideal support system during and after adolescent treatment, especially if your teen has learning challenges. To learn how to support your teen, please contact Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center today at 662.373.2828.
Teens with Learning Challenges Are UniqueResearchers have found that children and adolescents with learning challenges often battle mental health and behavioral problems. This challenge is because learning difficulties often result in low self-esteem, which is a root cause of depression, substance abuse, and other mental health issues. There are several characteristics that may define teens with learning challenges, like:
- Teens with learning challenges have average or higher IQ.
- Teens with learning challenges process certain types of information differently than others do.
- Often teens worry about themselves, not their learning challenge.
- Peers frequently bully teens with learning challenges.
- Teens with learning challenges need differentiated instruction.
Stonewater Can Support Teens With Learning ChallengesTeens with learning challenges will thrive with the right support system of sensitive and compassionate advocates. There are a number of ways teachers, caregivers, and families can support your teen.
Focus on StrengthsEvery teen has something they're good at, whether it's art, writing, sports, or being a good friend to others. Help teens recognize and appreciate their strengths so that they will build self-confidence and self-esteem.
Create Routines and StructureChildren and teens with learning challenges often experience severe disorganization. They need ways to structure both time and space. Create clear routines and schedules for what needs to be done at what time. You can also set up easy-to-use storage and workspaces to promote clarity and organization.
Empower Them to Make Choices about Their LearningBecause they find learning difficult, teens with learning challenges may have difficulty making decisions about what they want to do. You can put the power in their hands. Try to encourage them to do things they love and make them feel empowered, such as cooking, building something, or making their own movie.
Seek Expert GuidanceMost importantly, reach out to professionals for help. We provide help and information to support teens in doing what they love and becoming their best selves. Contact Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center for more information about how you can support your teen.
Contact Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center to Find Out MoreAt Stonewater, your loved one can continue their education while in recovery in our Nationally Accredited Private School program. Our residents can either remain enrolled in their current school to maintain course work virtually or enroll in a nationally accredited online program to stay in school and earn credits while attending our residential treatment program. We offer a Nationally Accredited Private School setting that integrates your child's level-appropriate academic education with recovery skills and motivational reinforcement. We also provide an understanding staff trained in ADHD, substance use, teen dual diagnosis treatment, and co-occurring disorders to help your child more seamlessly transition to school and social life when leaving Stonewater. They'll attend a variety of therapeutic programs designed to address their unique needs. Their treatment may include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) program
- Adventure therapy program
- Fly fishing therapy program
- Experiential therapy program