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Experiential Learning: Academic Curriculum at blueFire Wilderness Therapy

At blueFire, we believe that the best wilderness therapy programs not only offer therapy in a wilderness setting, but they also use the wilderness as a tool for therapy and experiential learning. A similar concept applies to our academic programming: experiential learning is built into every part of our wilderness therapy program, rather than as …

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Benefits of a Wilderness Therapy Program for Teen with ADHD

As children with ADHD enter adolescence, they are more likely to experience behavior problems as they tend to think outside the box. Many parents express concerns about traditional treatment options for ADHD, like medication management, especially if their teen is beginning to experiment with other substances. Wilderness therapy is a powerful option for teens with …

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Experiential-Based Education Program Offered in Wilderness Therapy

One of the biggest challenges teens face in school is feeling that the material they learn is applicable to their personal lives and the world around them. While traditional classrooms focus on absorbing new material, wilderness therapy offers opportunities for experiential education. The outdoors provide a unique and hands-on learning environment where students can apply …

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My Teen Just Got Expelled from School – Now What?

So, your teen just got expelled from school and now you’re thinking frantically: “Now what?” Traditional schools settings don’t work for every student. Sometimes traditional schools just aren’t equipped to help those students reach their full potential. Students fall through the cracks; the ones with learning differences, anxiety, or other challenges. They feel like there’s …

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Outside the Classroom: Hands-On Learning in Wilderness Programs

Failing grades, getting into trouble with teachers, fighting with peers–for many of our families, school has become the pinnacle of their struggle. Whether parents like it or not, a teenager’s job is to be a student and if they feel as if they’re failing at that job, it can impact them not only academically, but …

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ADHD Treatment for Teens: Why Fidget Spinners Aren’t a Cure

Trendy toys come and go all the time–it seems like there’s a new craze every couple of months–but the fidget spinners have a new claim they’re focusing on instead of fun: mental health. Some are claiming that fidget spinners can basically replace ADHD treatment for teens in the classroom, but many professionals believe this claim …

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Teen Wilderness Therapy Program: Link Between ADHD & Behavior Issues

ADHD is one of the most common disorders among young people–as a teen wilderness therapy program, we’re very familiar with this issue and the problems that can arise with it. While both boys and girls are diagnosed with ADHD quite often, how it works in young girls is less understood than in boys. A new …

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Sleep Deprivation in Teens: New Study Says It Affects Memory

Teens don’t get enough sleep–that’s not hard to believe. Only around 15 percent of teens have reported actually getting 8 hours of much needed sleep. That means that much more than half the country’s teenagers are sleep deprived. Sleep deprivation in teens doesn’t just lead to drool on a desk, it leads to a lot …

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Teen Sleep Deprivation: It's Disrupting Our Children's Brains

Teen sleep deprivation is widespread. Teens are infamous for being sleepy and angsty, but the sleepy part may have more to do with the angsty part than we originally thought. ScienceDaily recently looked into new study delving into the effects of teen sleep deprivation on the brain–and what they found was surprising. The new research …

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