Amanda has been consulting to families with troubled teens and young adults for 6 years. She has placed hundreds of kids into the appropriate therapeutic or traditional environment. Her guiding philosophy is that each child must have their needs met in three ways; academic, emotional, and social. If one of these areas is lacking, the child will not be truly successful.
|1. Can you tell my readers a little about Educational Consulting and Placement Services?
Educational consulting encompasses a variety of services to help families find the appropriate educational and/or therapeutic environment for their child. Our goal is to find the appropriate school or program that meets each child’s emotional, social, and academic needs. There are several types of consultants who specialize in different types of school/program searches – college placement, traditional boarding school, day school for all ages, and therapeutic placements for teens and young adults. At AHM Consulting, my focus is on residential therapeutic placements for teens and young adults who are not succeeding in their current environment.
2. What are some of the most common questions and concerns you get from parents?
As a therapeutic consultant, with a background in marriage and family therapy, many of the families I work with are in crisis. Their teen or young adult is refusing to go to school, or experimenting with risky behavior, or they have learning issues that are not being met at their current school, or they have substance issues, so the hardest part for parents is admitting that they need help. The process is scary, so we try to alleviate their fears, and by only working with the best programs and schools, we try to convey that this is a gift they are giving to their child.
3. What advice do you give to parents I provide parents with the tools and best recommendations to get their kids back on track?
These decisions are never easy for parents, and I don’t pretend to know what they are going through, I just try to lend a compassionate ear, and to use my experience and expertise to find the best school or program, and the best therapist for their child to work with while they are there.
4. What are teens most concerned about?
The families that I am privileged to help all have different situations, and levels of care needed. Sometimes the teens are very involved in the process, and sometimes they have been making poor decisions for themselves, and the parents need to step in and make the decision for them.
5. What tips would you give parents if they notice their tween/teen is struggling in school?
Stay on top of it, ask questions of their child and their school, and consult with the appropriate outside parties to get advise and recommendations.
6. Any words of gold, nuggets you can offer my readers?
Every child is different and has different needs. It is never easy to send your child to a therapeutic program or short term intervention, but most of my clients (both parents and kids) would say it is the best thing they ever did. By removing the child from the environment that isn’t working and providing them with the environment that best meets their needs, it gives the child a chance to work through their issues in a safe and warm place and teaches them skills that they will use for the rest of their lives.
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