The Glenholme School Observes Global Day of Parents and Recognizes the Important Role Parents Play in the Lives of Young People with Learning Differences

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The Glenholme School, a therapeutic boarding school, understands that parents are vital to a child’s success and encourage positive parental involvement through parent-oriented education and events. The school celebrates its parents annually and Global Day of Parents is another ideal reminder to recognize the important role parents play— especially in the life of a child with learning differences.

The Glenholme School welcomes and encourages parent involvement with seminars, events and gatherings centered on parental participation and education.

My son graduated from Landmark College in May, Magna Cum Laude, received two commendations and earned an academic scholarship to Clark University, where he intends to major in Physics…none of this would be possible without Glenholme.

In 2012, the United Nations proclaimed that Global Day of Parents would be observed each year on June 1, providing an opportunity to appreciate parents and parental figures for their noble commitment to children and their enduring sacrifice towards fostering this relationship. The Glenholme School, a therapeutic boarding school for young people with learning differences, has long since recognized the importance of parents in the role of the lives of children — particularly children with learning difference.

The Glenholme School understands the importance of parents and uses an unparalleled approach to achieving success with their students — through parent education and involvement. The school invests considerable time and resources in developing and delivering a curriculum specifically for parents, with the goal of encouraging consistency between the home and school. Glenholme’s parent education programs are a direct result of parent feedback and have proven to be highly beneficial to students’ development. Children of parents who utilize these opportunities and apply the behavioral techniques are more likely to have higher rates of improvement in their behaviors when compared to children whose parents have not been involved in the educational offerings.

Just as parental involvement is necessary when a child lives at home, a parent’s participation is just as integral when the child is living at a boarding school. Glenholme uses a variety of techniques to involve and educate parents including its Friday Seminar Series, family therapy, in-home consultations and special parent days, weekends, and gatherings.

The Friday Seminar Series is a behavioral training curriculum offered to parents on Friday afternoons before they pick up their children for a weekend visit. The goal of the series is to teach parents the behavior modification techniques utilized by Glenholme staff in order to increase the consistency between home and school, ultimately maximizing the transfer of treatment gains. A clinical study was conducted to substantiate the effects that this training has had on the behavior of parents who attend. The results indicate that parents who attend the Friday Seminar Series and parent days are more likely to utilize Glenholme’s behavioral techniques.

Another study was conducted to determine whether these changes in parental behaviors are associated with a corresponding change in the behavior of the children. The findings of this study indicate that the seminars have the intended effects and, most importantly, they can be directly associated with the children’s improvement, which is the ultimate goal.

Glenholme also encourages family therapy among its students and their parents. This therapy equips parents with the same Positive Behavior Support strategies that Glenholme faculty members are trained to employ with the students. Sessions are individualized to focus on the unique goals and concerns of each family and work within the behavioral framework to help address specific issues as they arise.

In-home consultation is also available, offering families with the unique opportunity to have Glenholme professionals provide customized recommendations suited seamlessly to their family as it relates to their home environment. Glenholme identifies the benefits associated with familiarity of a family’s community, neighborhood and living space. It is essential to providing guidance that is meaningful to the specific needs and resources of each family.

The Glenholme School understands the importance of parent involvement and is proud to offer parents resources to teach them how to provide the same learning environment that their child experiences at school, thus benefiting the entire family for years to come. While the school celebrates parents each year with its Parents’ Appreciation Week during the first full week of January, Global Day of Parenting acts as a welcome reminder to acknowledge the unwavering dedication and ceaseless effort of all parental figures. After all, a parent is their child’s first teacher and continues to be a guiding force, leading by example throughout life.

About The Glenholme School:
The Glenholme School, a center of the Devereux organization, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) coeducational, therapeutic boarding school for young people with high functioning autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, OCD, Tourette's, depression, anxiety, and various learning differences. The program provides a treatment milieu designed to build competence socially and academically. Our learning environment supports and enhances the ability for young people with special needs to succeed. Devereux is a leading nonprofit behavioral health organization that supports many of the most underserved and vulnerable members of our communities. For more information about The Glenholme School and its program, visit http://www.theglenholmeschool.org/home/.

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