Schedules, Routines, and Habits…OH MY!

“Dude, why do you love schedules so much?” It’s Tuesday afternoon, and I’m taking a handful of our students who struggle with executive functioning deficits to the local grocery store, to pick up their weekly work schedules. From the back seat …

Immersive Journey

International migration is happening on a scale larger than ever, with 224 million people living in a country other than where they were born, according to the United Nations Population Division. More than 19% of all international migrants - roughly …

The Strengths & Limitations of Level 1 Autism

By: Brandon Moffitt, MA, LPC As I reflect upon the last year and a half of developing and opening Black Mountain Academy, I have been struck with how much we continue to learn about autism. Research, personal memoirs, and popular media …

The Loving Push: An Interview with Temple Grandin

Aaron McGinley, program director at Black Mountain Academy, recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Temple Grandin and Dr. Debra Moore about their new book, “The Loving Push: How Parents and Professionals Can Help Spectrum Kids Become Successful Adults (2016).” …

Setting CHOW Goals

For students, developing skills around goal setting is an important component of increasing motivation, achievement, and self-regulation in both academic and social settings. At Black Mountain Academy, we support that character has as much to do with student success as …

A New Year and a New Opportunity to Serve Others

By: Brandon Moffitt, MA, LPC With the holiday season firmly behind us, and a new year of possibility ahead, all of us at Black Mountain Academy have recently spent time reflecting upon how we are contributing as citizens in both our …

TEDX video from Our Program Director, Aaron McGinley, M.A.

We are excited to present a TEDX video from Our Program Director, Aaron McGinley, M.A., on the topic of Autism, Technology, and Social Skills! Aaron's career has been filled with highlights exploring the relationship between Autism and Technology. Past accomplishments in …

An Introduction to Mindfulness at Black Mountain Academy

"CREATING A CULTURE OF MINDFULLNESS” Sarah Shoemaker Years ago, when I was first learning how to practice mindfulness, I had the false impression that I was going to empty my mind when I closed my eyes. If you’ve had an experience like …

Community Based Social Skills Training

Community-Based Social Skill Training An adolescent client of mine once discovered and read a social skill training manual in my office waiting room while I was meeting with his parents.   By the time I was done with the one-hour session, this …

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 …

Opening Summer 2016

Our students deal with difficulties that effect social and emotional development as well as academic success. The average length of stay will be 14-18 months. The ideal candidate is a bright adolescent male that demonstrates challenges associated with social and executive functioning deficits, along …

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