How to Improve Academic Performance: Stay Active!

Physical activity has long been recommended as a way to keep physical health in check and to promote healthy growth and development, but research also indicates that physical activity is important for brain and learning health as well. Studies from 2013 suggest that increasing physical activities and physical fitness may improve academic performance and that …

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School Anxiety: How To Help Your Teen This Semester

Being a teenager comes with a unique set of challenges, with academic-related stress and pressures causing anxiety in many students. This anxiety can be compounded with the uncertainty of today’s academic structure in light of the global pandemic. Teenage anxiety surrounding school can impact learning and academic success, but awareness of this anxiety and intervention …

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Experiential-Based Education Program Offered in Wilderness Therapy

Many teens struggle to thrive in the atmosphere of traditional schooling when they find content, teaching methods, and the very structure of schooling to be irrelevant to them and the world around them. For these students, a variety of factors such as learning challenges, a lack of motivation, struggles with authority figures, and mental health …

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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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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. Clients 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 client and if they feel as if they’re failing at that job, it can impact them not only academically, but …

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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 Clients'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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