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ERIC Number: EJ913853
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
"Outside In": Group Treatment of Youth with Asperger's
Longhurst, Jim; Richards, Dana; Copenhaver, Jenna; Morrow, Diana
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v19 n3 p40-44 2010
A forerunner in therapeutic treatment explores new avenues of working with youth in the Autistic Spectrum through a group approach and discovers the need for flexibility and accommodations to make it work. In 2000, Starr Commonwealth--an internationally recognized leader in transformational programs for children, families, schools, professionals and communities--founded Montcalm School for Boys, a private therapeutic boarding school treating youth ages 12 to 21. With Starr's history and nearly a century of experience and success in empowering youth to help each other through a therapeutic group approach, Montcalm clinicians believed there would be success in treating youth within the Autistic Spectrum who have severe problems with social skills, who struggle with peer relationships, and who just don't seem to "fit in." Montcalm found such success in the treatment of these youth that a program was developed specifically for their treatment. The program is called "Outside In," reflecting the difficulty these kids experience in belonging in their peer groups, families, and communities. Implementing group treatment strategies with "Outside In" youth presents challenges and requires frequent accommodations designed to meet their needs. But a group approach, together with individual counseling and support, can have a significant impact upon their ability to develop, maintain, and value their relationships with peers, family members, teachers, and others.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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