If your teen had a difficult school year, possibly failed a class or two, didn’t get the grades they are capable of achieving, maybe they skipped many classes or were suspended several times during the school year – you may want to consider a therapeutic summer program to boost their self-esteem or a grade recovery program.
When a teenager feels good about themselves, has a positive outlook on life and self-confidence, they are more likely to make better choices. This includes the friends they decide to be with and saying no to engaging in risky behavior.
It’s not easy being a teen in today’s society with peer pressure combined with technology and social media. Your teen may need a boost to help them find themselves emotionally this summer to make next school year more productive.
Is your teen a good kid that started making some bad choices?
Maybe they experimented with pot or alcohol?
Hanging with a negative peer group?
Failing in school when they are typically an A-B student?
Depressed, defiant, withdrawn from the family?
Addicted to digital devices or unsavory sites online such as pornography?
Dropped out of their hobbies – such as sports or dance teams?
It’s not too late to consider a therapeutic summer program for your teenager.
Keep in mind, there is a difference between summer camp and a therapeutic summer program. Summer camp is not a clinical program that is designed to work on their emotional growth and behavior modification. A therapeutic summer program will employ therapist and counselors to help your teen work through their issues as well as build them up emotionally.
If you have PPO insurance, in some instances, a portion of your program might be covered.
It’s great that we designate a month for Internet Safety Awareness, as we do for Bullying and Cyberbullying Awareness in October, but this doesn’t mean that we ignore it the other eleven months of the year.
I think it is great we will see many articles and resources through this month on apps, social media, parenting tips and advice as well as insights from experts that we can all learn from.
What is most important to you? What’s your priority?
If you’re a parent, your child’s online safety is probably on the top of your list.
Do they know when to click out if they feel uncomfortable?
Will they tell you if they are being harassed online?
Sue Scheff’s personal experiences in 2000 are what prompted her to create her organization, Parents’ Universal Resource Experts (P.U.R.E.™) in 2001. Since then she has helped over 20,000 families with at-risk pre-teens and teenagers know they are not alone when they reach that dark place many call their wit’s end. Her beliefs and practices are based on her own firsthand experiences and feedback she has received over the years from both professionals and parents; she deals with real life people who have real feelings and need help. She understands the importance of letting parents know they are not alone when their teen is spiraling out of control. It is crucial for them to realize there are other parents throughout the world who are also silently suffering with their teens and today’s issues; they are not alone in their distress.
After experiencing her own troubles with her teen daughter, she sought help and soon realized that there were limited resources and even fewer that seemed objective. She encountered several challenges and issues in her search for a safe, effective program for her daughter, and after her experiences, she became determined to help other parents avoid the same troubles she faced. This determination resulted in the establishment of P.U.R.E.™, an advocacy organization that educates parents about the schooling and program options available to pre-teens and teenagers experiencing behavioral problems. Since its inception in 2001, P.U.R.E. has helped parents identify and select qualified, safe residential therapeutic schools and programs to help their at-risk teens. With many satisfied families, P.U.R.E. has continued to assist parents for over a decade.
In 2008, Sue Scheff authored Wit’s End! Advice and Resources for Saving Your Out-of-Control Teen, a book chronicling her personal experiences and offering advice to broader audiences. Published by Health Communications Inc. (HCI), home of Chicken Soup for the Soul. After reading her story you will understand her passion and why she has chosen the crusade to understand, learn, and become an advocate for all parents that are struggling with today’s teenagers as well as her desire to help people become in-tune to the fact that the Internet is not God.
Her passion for Parent Advocacy led her to learn more about teens today and their trends. As she realized her story had launched her into the public eye, she found parents were now turning to her for advice, information, and resources for locating safe residential programs for their struggling teens. Sue Scheff has used her voice to help others throughout the world to not only learn from her own mistakes, but to gain from her knowledge. This also led her down a path to learn all she could about the Internet—from fact versus fiction, to cyber-bullets, cyber bullying, and finding out that as much as the Internet is an educational tool, it can also be used as a lethal weapon.
Through her work as a Parent Advocate, Sue Scheff evolved into a cyber expert and was soon recognized as a Cyber Advocate for people of all ages. She is called upon by many media outlets for her insight into today’s Internet issues, becoming the go-to expert for cyber advice and safety.