Attention Deficit Disorder
Finding a Safe Harbor for Your Son with Attention Deficit Disorder
We can work with your boy who is struggling with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), a behavior pattern with which he is unable to stay still or on task, with difficulty in controlling his emotions. This behavior can interfere with his ability to finish his work, and function successfully in society.
If your son is easily diverted from his work, jumps from one uncompleted task to another or has poor organizational skills, he may be dealing with Attention Deficit Disorder.
Exact causes of ADD (also known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD) are unknown but studies show some links with diet, heredity, and environment.
Safe Harbor…Throwing a Lifeline for Your Son with ADD
Attention Deficit Disorder is one of the most frequently diagnosed problems among teenaged boys today and it is imperative to identify this Disorder properly, as certain other conditions (i.e.: sleep, depression, anxiety or thyroid problems, unpredicted life change) can closely mimic ADHD-like behaviors.
Because of the great distraction that comes with ADD, and sufferers’ poor academic performance and low self-esteem, a large percentage of boys with it will fail to finish high school. While he may not completely outgrow his symptoms, your boy can certainly learn strategies for success.
You don’t want ADHD to control his life.
Safe Harbor… Helping Troubled Boys Become Men of Character and Integrity
This unique, waterfront-based Christian residential boarding school is a salvation for troubled boys. Our program is similar to a therapeutic boarding school, but uses maritime training as the therapeutic model for at-risk teenagers. Safe Harbor is a safe, stable, structured, unconventional choice that can be a much more effective option than reform schools, foster care programs, or lockup in the juvenile justice system. We allow them to learn responsibility and experience behavior modification through seamanship, mentoring, counseling and spiritual focus, while also studying for a high school diploma.
Licensed mental health professionals and pastoral counselors offer both individual and group counseling opportunities. Most boys entering the program have had outpatient counseling but this has not led to anticipated change.
Our academic philosophy, built on the belief that education is a lifelong process that occurs in every area of life, uses the unique and creative learning approach to teach our curriculum, benefiting students who have not found success in a traditional academic setting thus far.
We assist the boys in becoming responsible, mature and independent young men through spiritual, educational and vocational training, that centers on full responsibility for the upkeep for the very boat on which they will live. Real-life learning teaches them boat repair/maintenance, welding and carpentry; lifestyle competence will instruct them on everything from how to establish and maintain credit/bank accounts, apply for a job, to cooking and housekeeping skills. Our goal is to prepare them for entrance into and success in the workplace, equipping them with a sturdy work ethic and positive character traits, like self-esteem, integrity, reliability and maturity.
Their learned knowledge of the water and boat, respect for your equipment and the elements, self-reliance and perseverance, will later be applied to what will become their broader view of the world; they must be able to analyze for themselves and then act, and overcome the challenges that they (and we all) will face in life.