Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, more commonly known simply as ADHD, is a widely diagnosed mental illness in children and adolescents. This disorder is characterized by the presentation of a combination of symptoms, including impulsivity, hyperactivity, and/or persistent inattention, or by the presentation of all three interchangeably. While acting on impulses, having sudden bouts of hyperactivity, or struggling to maintain attention are things that everyone experiences throughout their lives, those who have ADHD find that the presence of these experiences is so severe and occurs so often that it has begun to hinder their ability to function appropriately each day. However, while the impact that the symptoms of ADHD can have on a child or adolescent can be detrimental, there are many treatment options available.
Resource Treatment Center is a residential placement for children and adolescents between the ages of 11 and 21 who are in need of a safe, secure, and structured setting while addressing behavioral and emotional impairments and deficits. All of our programs are designed to provide intensive mental health treatment for psychiatric, behavioral, and/or chemical dependency concerns in a comfortable and nonthreatening environment that is conducive to healing and recovery. At Resource, we recognize that having a child who is struggling with the all-encompassing symptoms of ADHD can be frustrating, discouraging, and leave you feeling helpless, but we are here to help both you and your child. Our compassionate staff has years of experience helping children learn to gain control of their symptoms and develop the coping skills needed to successfully move forward towards a bright and happy future.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Having a child who has attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder can be extremely aggravating as it may be hard to understand why he or she cannot seem to gain control over his or her behaviors. It can also be frustrating because, in many situations, children with ADHD do not always have the capability to pick up on what others or thinking or feeling, so they tend to fail to recognize social cues and gestures. Even when they try to pay attention, children and adolescents with ADHD can have difficulty maintaining it, which can add to the level of frustration you may be feeling. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when you have a child who is struggling with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder:
- Educate yourself about ADHD. The more that you learn about the illness and its symptoms, the better you will be able to somewhat understand what your child is experiencing. This knowledge can aid in helping you remain patient and empathetic towards your child, even when his or her behavior is at its worst.
- Be specific about what behaviors you will and will not tolerate. Although it can be difficult for these children, having clear boundaries that are maintained through consistent and appropriate consequences can help them develop routines that are easier to manage.
- Provide your child with small, manageable tasks to complete in order to help elicit the positive emotions that he or she will experience upon completion of those tasks. Small successes are incredibly important for children with ADHD.
- Do not make excuses for your child.
- Seek out different treatment options that will best meet your child’s specific needs.
- Remain an active part of whatever treatment process your child engages in. Having your constant support will help your child be successful.
Why Consider Treatment at Resource
When left untreated, the long-term effects of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder can have an immense impact on a child’s future. The symptoms of ADHD can cause your child to struggle or fail academically, leading to future difficulties obtaining and maintaining steady employment. The presence of ADHD symptoms can also cause children to struggle with social interaction, resulting in a lack of strong, healthy, interpersonal relationships. This can lead to feelings of low self-worth and ongoing feelings of failure. But it does not have to get to this point. There is help available.
Residential treatment centers have been known to be successful in treating children and adolescents who are struggling with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. By entering into a residential center, children are afforded the opportunity to step away from the routines of their everyday lives and be in a setting where their main focus is on healing. In this environment, children can learn the tools they need to modify maladaptive behaviors and learn how to overcome their frustrating symptoms. Additionally, children are provided with a chance to be around other children who may be struggling with similar challenges, increasing their self-esteem by showing them that they are not alone.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Resource Treatment Center is dedicated to providing structured and therapeutically intensive treatment that offers comprehensive, efficient, and effective programming that is designed to meet the needs of the youth and the families that we serve. At Resource, we focus on providing a safe and comfortable environment while the children and adolescents in our care receive individualized services tailored to meet their specific needs. We strive to deliver programming that allows youth to experience a sense of normalcy while taking part in the treatment process, while also benefiting from a vast array of services that are centered on an evidence-based therapeutic foundation. Maintaining the goal of stabilizing emotional, behavioral, and psychological symptoms, the staff at Resource guides patients through treatment so that they can be successfully reintegrated back into the community.
Types of Treatment Offered at Resource
At Resource Treatment Center, we utilize a number of sound, evidence-based practices that are designed to produce successful treatment outcomes. Upon arrival at Resource, each youth is evaluated using multiple assessment tools, allowing us to appropriately match therapeutic treatment techniques with each patient’s unique needs, risks, and strengths. We offer two separate, distinct residential treatment programs that include our psychiatric residential treatment (PRTF) and our general residential program (RTC). The intake assessment that our patients take part in prior to admission will determine which program is better suited to fully meet the needs of each child. We implement a phase system approach to treatment in which each patient is required to go through four specific phases in order to successfully complete programming. These phases include identification, connection, demonstration, and contribution. Both the PRTF program and the RTC program include the following treatment methods:
Medication management: It is not uncommon for certain psychotropic medications to be implemented in order to assist in alleviating the symptoms that accompany ADHD. Every patient who takes part in one of the programs here at Resource will meet with a psychiatrist regularly in order to monitor any medication needs. Youth in the PRTF program will see a psychiatrist on a weekly basis while those in the RTC program see a psychiatrist on a monthly basis.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy sessions are held on a weekly basis and are meant to be a time for each patient to meet one-on-one with a therapist in order to focus on the application and generalization of new skills. These skills can then be implemented in the child’s home and community life. We also offer individual skills-building sessions that focus on six specific proficiencies, including: social, emotional, educational, health and wellness, self-care, and daily living skills.
Group therapy: Group therapy sessions are held at a minimum of once per day, but children may participate in more groups depending on their specific needs. We have a number of different types of groups that cover a variety of different topics, including mood regulation, anger management, social skills, independent living skills, and healthy coping skills. The main purpose of group therapy is to provide a structured, skills-based program that allows for learning skills to be developed while also promoting specific critical skills in a structured and encouraging setting.
Family therapy: Family therapy sessions are held at least every two weeks, but may occur more often if family members are local or request more sessions. During this time, therapists will move the family unit as a whole through the treatment process in order to enhance motivation and establish a collaborative approach. Additionally, every Tuesday night we hold a family night in order to help educate family members about their child’s disorder and treatment process.
School programming: At Resource Treatment Center, all patients attend a fully accredited on-site school for three hours each day. Classes are held in a traditional classroom setting and are led by fully qualified special education teachers. Additional school services are offered, including credit recovery and GED preparation.
In addition to our regular treatment techniques, we also offer a number of experiential programming options, including:
- Daily recreational group therapy
- Student council
- Girl Scouts (Boy Scouts program will be starting in the near future)
- Spiritual youth group ministry
- Teen outreach program
- Community volunteering opportunities
- Community outings
- Pro-social activities
- Computer lab
- Holiday activities
- Special ceremonies in which awards are given to celebrate successes
- NA meetings for youth who are struggling with substance abuse concerns
Other services that are offered as part of our comprehensive programming include:
- 24-hour medical and nursing coverage
- Crisis intervention
- Dental and vision care
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
All discharge planning begins once a child has been admitted to our program. Here at Resource, we place a high priority on effective discharge planning in order to ensure that all continuing care needs are in place before the child leaves our treatment center. We have a criteria put in place to warrant a successful discharge. The criteria that a child must meet in order to be considered safe to successfully discharge include the following:
- Youth has reached a level of stability in which this level of placement is no longer needed
- Youth displays significantly improved conditions by exhibiting little or no maladaptive behaviors
- Youth is able to articulate plans to manage his or her emotional and/or behavioral responses in regards to various psychosocial stressors
- Youth is better able to manage potential family conflict
- The family of the youth has demonstrated a commitment towards successful reunification based on their level of participation in their child’s treatment
- There are reasonable expectations that the youth will be compliant with family rules and expectations, as well as remain free from legal involvement
- Youth has articulated plans to manage independent living skills, such as employment, school, etc.
- Youth has taken an active part in his or her discharge planning and can reasonably be expected to follow through on all aspects of that discharge plan
- Youth demonstrates the ability to maintain a lower risk of participating in unsafe behaviors that present them as a risk to the community