Our milieu supports our students.
We teach students the language of emotion.
Many students have trouble recognizing their feelings or they may not have the vocabulary to identify them accurately. It is our job to help teach them the language of emotions and how to identify the feelings they may have at certain moments. We educate students about how moods, thoughts, and feelings effect their actions and decision-making. Often students react quickly and impulsively, and are not aware of why they act as they do. Higher awareness of their feelings and emotions leads to increased abilities to manage these feelings and emotions.
We try to understand what might be leading to difficult behavior.
We help students take responsibility for their actions.
When students earn consequences, they are expected to process their behavior with staff. We try to help them understand their behaviors and the effect they may have had on themselves and others. We support them in peaceful conflict resolutions and give them the tools they need to apologize and move on.
The goal of our Behavior Support Program is to teach students how to alter their behavior in order to achieve higher levels of success. We also want our students to become resilient – to bounce back from hardships or failure – so that they can continue their success when they move on from our program. Young people develop resilience through the experience of mastering skills they have not yet learned. By adhering to all of the above ideals, we are attempting to give students the skills they need to change their negative behavior patterns and adapt more pro-social behaviors. Our Behavior Support Program challenges our staff to keep a students’ resilience in mind at all times and act accordingly.
Communicating within the community is the key to success.
Communication among the teachers, therapists, milieu counselors, administrators, families, and outside workers is key to the students’ success. A student’s behavior in the classroom could be connected to information known by a therapist or a milieu counselor and insights from a classroom teacher could help foster meaningful interactions with therapists and milieu counselors. Additionally, our school staff tries to establish positive connections between school and home so that we can fully understand our students’ needs and support their progress.