A student’s greatest successes are realized when family members, teachers, and therapists all work together on his or her behalf. Our therapeutic approach to education is key to their progress. Feeling “safe” and trusting adults to help them make better decisions are initially the most common concerns to be addressed with our students. Training in the concepts of Risking Connection®, the Restorative Approach™, and Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support offers our faculty greater understanding of the struggles students face and practical applications for overcoming challenges relating to:
- Attachment Disorders
- Behavioral and Cognitive Issues
- Learning Disabilities
- Trauma-Related Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
- Mood Disorders
Recognizing that families of children requiring special education services often need additional support, our therapists meet with parents on a regular basis to address issues and encourage their efforts to provide a safe, nurturing home environment. Additional clinical services are available through our staff psychiatrist and school psychologist. Speech and occupational therapists are also available along with a sensory integration room.
Our Medical Services staff members handle routine health issues and administer medication during the school day.
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The Restorative Approach™ is a trauma-informed alternative to traditional “point and level” systems for students. It is based on attachment theory and the principles of restorative justice. The Restorative Approach translates what we know about trauma, the brain, and how children heal into specific strategies for all treatment providers within the organization. When children display behaviors that hurt others and the community, rather than “doing time” or dropping levels, staff assign learning and restorative tasks to help children learn skills and make amends. Therefore, after children lose control, they learn that all is not lost — they can handle emotions differently and take effective action to mend relationships. The model also includes a focus on taking care of the staff that do this difficult work.
Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success. Through PBIS, Raymond Hill School staff believe that if students are Respectful, Hardworking, and Safe, then they will be Successful. Raymond Hill School staff make sure to praise and recognize every student for his or her positive behavior.