Parents of teens with Asperger and Autism can find it difficult to identify the best boarding school for their child’s unique needs. We help identify a school or therapeutic residential program to support all types of challenges.
Your child’s education is an important decision. You don’t want to see them lagging behind or struggling with their learning or behavioral challenges. You want them to have the best educational environment possible.
In traditional learning environments, it can be difficult for children with autism to reach their fullest potential. That’s why many parents are turning to specialized academic settings and boarding schools. Ones that provide tailored learning experiences designed specifically for children with ADHD, Aspergers, and Autism.
Why Parents Make a Decision for a Boarding School for Autism
When your Asperger or autistic child is receiving specialized or therapeutic support at a boarding school, they will be able to reach their fullest potential. Instead of just having an IEP at your local school, at a boarding school for Autism, all types of specialized services, academics and social activities are thoroughly integrated. You simply cannot accomplish this at home.
Your loved one will be able to find success in the classroom while also building relationships with classmates. The student will have access to coaches, therapists, and counselors to help them reach their goals. Not only educationally but also socially and emotionally. There are many reasons parents turn to boarding school for Autism. Or even a therapeutic residential program.
Each with ADHD, ASD, LD, ID or Other Challenges Presents Differently.
Many parents call us with fears that their child’s impulsivity will land them in prison someday. Others are embarrassed to talk about helping their teen’s gender fluidity or concerning behaviors. These can be behaviors like sexual acting out, use of pornography, screen addiction or use of verbal threats. Most are fearful about their teen being grouped with others who are worse off than theirs. Everyone wants the right setting where their child will be treated with compassion and thrive.
Regardless of how mild or concerning the presentation seems to be, our experience has shown that the entire family is negatively impacted. Parents report feeling exhausted, not prepared to parent certain behaviors, and sad about the impact on siblings. Most feel that everyone in the family is now impacted. Feeling that it is due to the person with ASD and that there is a decline in family happiness.
How to Find the Best Boarding Schools For Autism
Specialized boarding schools may claim that they are the best for your autistic teen, but it can be hard to distinguish between schools. Especially ones that offer quality and individualized educational experiences and those that don’t. Even in a quality therapeutic residential program. It doesn’t mean it’s the right method or approach or the right peer group for your loved one.
Some parents turn to a therapist who in turn shares a brochure or a website. All about a program they really know nothing about. Other parents participate in online support groups. Then they try to distinguish between options that they hear have worked for other students. Many parents call around and then find themselves at the mercy of admission representatives. Ones who are trying to convince them the school is right for their teen.
That’s Where Morgan Guidance Services Comes In.
At Morgan Guidance Services, we specialize in helping parents and guardians identify the best boarding schools. Ones for their autistic teen in North Carolina, Florida, Texas, and anywhere else in the United States. We have a wide network of contacts with top schools that provide autism-friendly environments. Plus, with individualized programming that is tailored to students’ unique needs.
We look at the school’s programs and approach, staff-to-student ratios, behavioral interventions, therapy services, accreditation, and safety measures. Also, we consider the overall culture of the school, making sure it’s an environment that will be welcoming and supportive to your child. All of this is done with the goal of finding schools that provide a top-notch learning experience for autistic students.
How Do We Help You Decide Which are the Best Boarding Schools For Autism?
We Do Our Due Diligence and Vet Schools
Our consultants spend hundreds of hours each year visiting schools in person, assessing and vetting the programs. We know each website these schools have to offer can only tell you so much. Or, they claim to be the best boarding schools for autism and other neurodivergent diagnoses. That’s why we go the extra mile to investigate each school and uncover the true story of what goes on there.
Our education consultants interview the type of individuals your loved one will be interacting and staying with, both staff and the peer group. Then we experience a typical day of a student and see first-hand how the campus looks. This way we get a peek behind the scenes to make sure all safety standards are in place, see the facilities and check out the extracurricular activities available.
We Keep You and Your Loved One In Mind
When we are touring these boarding schools, our main focus is to keep the best interest of your loved one in mind. We consider all aspects that make a school great including; its location, the programming that your loved one will participate in, the cost, and how it would benefit your loved one. Then we look at everything from the type of curriculum they offer, to the methods they are using, staff training, and whether the school is accredited or not.
We Ask Parents “What Does Your Teen Need?”
What are you experiencing at home on a day-to-day basis? What are their strengths? Do they need help with social skills and relationships? Do they have trauma or need help with developing tolerance when frustrated? Are they impulsive? Do they respond to consequences? Are they manipulative? Do they isolate or avoid school? Are they challenged with executive function or motivation? Do they misuse technology, have meltdowns or get aggressive?
Our Consultants Will Talk With You Extensively About Your Values, Goals, and Expectations.
This is to ensure that the schools we recommend for your loved one’s behavioral presentation and academic, social, and emotional needs are the best possible fit. Once we have all of this information, we then put together a comprehensive strategy. This details our findings and discusses what to focus on.
Then we make recommendations about the best boarding schools for your ADHD, Asperger, or autistic teen so they can be happier, socially engaged, and motivated to manage their life. You can be assured you will have carefully vetted options for consideration that are a fit for your child’s unique needs including an academic and behavioral profile.
Making the Right Decision For Your Loved One
At Morgan Guidance Services, we know how difficult it can be to make the right decision for your loved one. We know how scary or nerve-wracking it can be. This is why Morgan Guidance Services specializes in ADHD, ASD, LD, OCD, and other neurodevelopmental challenges. This is our mission.
We are the only Educational Counseling group in the country specializing in neurodivergent diagnoses. You can be sure you are receiving expert professional guidance. You deserve to be well-informed when making critical life-impacting decisions. For this instance, about a boarding school or residential therapeutic program.
With our help, you can rest assured knowing that your unique child and their profile are matched to the best possible option. But that they are receiving the best education and support for their particular needs and strengths. Read more here and learn why parents like working with an expert guide when choosing a school or residential program.
Choosing The Best Boarding Schools for Autism with Morgan Guidance Services
Our educational counselors will walk you through each recommendation, provide you with the information you need to make a good decision, and answer all your questions. We will demystify boarding schools for autism and neurodivergent individuals. Many parents come to us with ideas already in mind. Sometimes we can validate and affirm your direction so you feel secure in your decision process. Other times, based on our professional expertise, we might offer considerations that sound foreign or new to you.
We Understand How Difficult It Can Be For You.
From our in-depth, in-person visits to our extensive database of program options, we’ll give you a comprehensive understanding of which schools would be the best possible fit for your child and why. We will talk with you extensively about your child’s needs, values, and goals and the process of an away school. Then you will be fully informed so you make a well-guided decision for your loved one. We make ethically guided recommendations using a very thorough process. In the end, a decision to follow our recommendations, or not, is always yours to make.
Now, the support doesn’t end there. Even after you decide on what feels like the right boarding school for your autistic teen, we will continue to work with you and provide ongoing support. We’ll keep in touch with you, your child, and the boarding school, throughout the enrollment, to monitor progress, advocate when necessary, and answer any questions you may have.
Find the Best Boarding Schools for Autism in North Carolina, Florida, Texas, and Beyond With Morgan Guidance Services.
We’re here to help you make the best decision possible while being the advocate your child needs. You will no longer have to decide on a school based on what someone says online in a group of parents or based on an internet search or feel like you have to make a decision without the proper support. With Morgan Guidance Services, you will have access to our years of experience and resources to make sure your child is getting the best education possible. Our team of educational consultants is here to help you every step of the way. If you’re interested in creating a clear path forward, let’s connect:
- Book a complimentary consultation
- Talk with one of our educational consultants
- Start finding the best boarding school for your autistic child!
Other Educational & Therapeutic Services We Offer
In addition to placement for behavioral boarding schools, we also offer support for long-term planning for individuals with ASD. As well as patient advocacy, transition planning, and career counseling.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elaine Morgan is the founder and President of Morgan Guidance Service. She serves families as an Educational and Career Counselor and Patient Advocate. She is a Duke Health-trained Health and Wellbeing Coach, specializing in supporting parents who want coaching not therapy. As a mother of seven adult children, she now uses her professional and personal experiences by partnering with parents so they can sustain their own well-being and even thrive over the long haul of difficult parenting years. You can schedule here to see if well-being coaching might be something you would enjoy.