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ERIC Number: ED404085
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 8
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Therapy in the Mountains.
Kennison, Judith A.
This paper describes experiences from a summer internship in a North Carolina wilderness program for youth 8-18 years of age with a diagnosed learning disability or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Children with ADD are trial and error learners, which makes them excellent candidates for experiential learning. Children with ADD are seekers of stimulation. They are biologically driven to look for the novel and interesting. The greater the perceived risk, the greater the sense of accomplishment. To provide students with a positive intervention, this wilderness program features success-oriented, high adventure activities with an emphasis on developing self-confidence, social skills, and problem-solving skills. The 12-day sessions include rock climbing, backpacking, and whitewater rafting, all of which are incorporated into individual treatment plans. Children with ADD have behavior problems, experience poor peer relationships, and have trouble in school. Over 80 percent are on some kind of medication. The wilderness program is set up to address problem behaviors, particularly those related to self-esteem, anger management, attention problems, noncompliance and failure to complete tasks, and motivation. Anecdotes illustrate program interventions in each of these areas. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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