Adolescent Learning Styles

Differences in Learning Styles Most would agree that everyone learns differently. Oftentimes, though, many adolescent students have little time or attention paid to how they learn best. This can be doubly true for adolescents who have experienced past learning difficulties, or for those who learn differently than most others. With a complex process like learning, […]

The Benefits of Community Outings and Service

Real-World Opportunities for Growth While adolescents can learn a great deal in a therapeutic boarding school environment, they also need real-world opportunities to apply and practice their acquired skills. As part of Shortridge’s program, many of our teens participate in off-campus activities and outings, such as skiing and hiking, community service, or both. These kinds […]

Encouraging Healthy Coping Strategies in Teens

Adolescence: A State of Constant Change One of the biggest challenges faced by adolescents is coping with stressors and difficult emotions. Teenagers face new demands and responsibilities in school, in relationships, and at home. These years are often an exciting time, but their challenges can also prove overwhelming when one does not have the right […]

Asking For Help Is a Key to Success for Teens

Adolescence is a period of life filled with new opportunities, but it also carries its own unique challenges. Teenagers often face a variety of stressors, whether in school, relationships, or anxiety over the world at large. They often try to face these problems alone. Some teens internalize these struggles, or vent their frustrations and emotional […]

Helping Your Teen Build Social Skills

A New World of Social Expectations Social skills are crucial for forming relationships, communicating effectively, and for succeeding in both personal and professional life. Teenagers and adolescents are entering a new world of social expectations, with concerns over finding friend groups, dating, and forming positive relationships with teachers and other authority figures. Adolescence is rife […]

Why Choose a Therapeutic Boarding School?

Adolescents experience unique challenges across many areas of life, from new social pressures to demanding academic expectations and unfamiliar emotions. While many teenagers struggle in these areas to some extent, some have a harder time than others. Whether due to mental health conditions, like anxiety and depression, a history of high stress and poor outcomes […]

Understanding Parenting Styles

Parenting is a major factor in how an adolescent interacts with the world, makes choices, and creates their own identity. Parents instill values, model certain behaviors, and create the structures and expectations that their children grow into. As adolescents grow into young adults, they incorporate all they have learned from their parents while also trying […]

Positive Youth Development

Positive Youth Development In Depth: The Theory, Research, and Results Adolescents need guidance, structure, and support to develop the responsibility, empathy, and competence necessary for adulthood. Adolescent development has been studied extensively over the years, with research attempting to answer the question of how to best raise healthy young adults. One of the most successful […]

Helping Your Teen Manage Anxiety & Depression

Ways Parents Can Help Their Children Anxiety and depression are common mental health conditions in the United States. It is estimated that over 1 in 5 adults in the U.S experience a mood disorder like depression at some point in their lives. Teenagers are no exception, with an estimated 14% facing some sort of mood […]

Positive Lifestyle Changes in Teens

Bad Habits and Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms Teenagers and adolescents have had their well-being severely impacted by COVID-19. The worry, stress, and sadness of the global situation, coupled with the isolation induced by social distancing and the closure of schools, has taken its toll. Many adolescents report increases in depression and anxiety. Research also supports the […]