Our therapists are fully invested in every aspect of our student’s lives. They are extremely passionate about helping young men recognize their potential and develop a greater sense of self. A key aspect of skill development is helping our students to manage the varying degrees of anxiety they experience on a daily basis. Our therapists use evidence-based practices as a foundation for intervention when teaching young men who are challenged by ADHD, Nonverbal Learning Disorder, or Autism. At Black Mountain Academy, we implement clinical best practices aimed at improving:
- Social Skills: We teach our students to evaluate concrete perspectives; appreciate the thoughts and feelings of others; and co-regulate through creative social problem solving.
- Self-awareness and determination: We teach our students to set goals, evaluate their progress, change strategies when needed (adaptation), and to never give up.
- Self-regulation, emotional awareness, and flexibility: We teach our students to focus on things they can control and to practice coping skills that positively impact their situation.
- Initiation, executive function, and life skills: We teach our students how to appropriately initiate and monitor behaviors such as social interactions, emotion regulation, organization, independent life skills, and electronic use.
To ensure growth and success in these areas, our students meet with their therapist multiple times a week for individual, family, and group therapy sessions. Therapists spend time in classes, in the community, and other parts of our students daily life providing in vivo coaching in applicable areas of skills development. Our seamlessly integrated program allows for our dedicated staff to partner with students to generalize these skills across The Six Core Competencies that are essential for their confidence, independence, and success in life.