Black Mountain Academy: An Integrated Therapy Program
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Black Mountain Academy: An Integrated Therapy Program

Black Mountain Academy, a therapeutic boarding school designed to help young men with learning differences, utilizes integrated therapy to help students meet their full academic and social potential.

Black Mountain Academy seamlessly weaves together elements of community involvement, academics, adventure, and therapy in a home-like atmosphere that promotes structure and skill-building. The North Carolina residential program integrates experiential education through off-campus trips, adventure activities, volunteer opportunities, vocational training, and local events to enrich the in-classroom experience. This integrated approach helps young men with learning differences generalize new skills in variety of settings. Research suggests that the more exposure one can have in a variety of novel environments, the greater the likelihood of skill generalization.


This integrated therapy model is most effective for teens with learning differences who struggle with social relationships, anxiety, and traditional academic approaches. Integrated therapy is also highly effective for teens who struggle with:

  • Executive function
  • Autism spectrum disorder, Level 1
  • Nonverbal Learning Disorder
  • Lack of age-appropriate social maturation
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Pervasive Development Disorder
  • Dyslexia
  • Dysgraphia
  • ADHD

Integrated therapy provides these students with real-life experiences and personalized feedback from highly trained therapists that provide students with the skills they need to find success later in life.  These skills include, but are not limited to:

  • Communication skills
  • Social Pragmatics
  • Adaptive Coping Skills
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Self-regulation
  • Problem Solving
  • Organization
  • Executive Function
  • Self-Reliance
  • Receptivity to Help
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Initiating
  • Task Completion
  • Time Management
  • Transitional Skills
  • Sensory Integration
  • Coordination
  • Distress Tolerance

Integrated therapy program, Black Mountain Academy, is the ideal setting for young men with learning differences to master the skills they need to excel in all facets of life as they return home, engage in jobs, and pursue higher education.

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