Academics

Personalized Learning for Unique Minds: Wilderness Therapy for Students with Learning Disabilities

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At Trails Carolina, we believe in the power of embracing unique minds and providing personalized learning experiences through our wilderness therapy programs. We understand that every child is different and that their academic challenges can be a result of a combination of factors including a learning disability, mental health or behavioral conditions, as well as…
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‘My Teenager is Failing School and Doesn’t Care’: Wilderness Therapy Boosts Academic Success

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A student’s academic journey can sometimes hit roadblocks as they contend with various pressures that impede their success, from struggling to maintain good grades or motivation to navigating possible learning disabilities. For concerned parents who often find themselves saying, “my teenager is failing school and doesn’t care,” an alternative approach in the form of wilderness…
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Harnessing the Wilderness: Nature Therapy as ADHD Treatment for Teens

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The great outdoors offers more than just picturesque landscapes and opportunities for physical activity; it can also be a powerful and transformative tool for youth and adolescents struggling with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  At Trails Carolina, our nature-based therapy programs for ADHD in kids and teens tap into the calming and restorative effects of…
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Rekindling the Desire to Learn: Addressing School Refusal Through Wilderness Therapy

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School refusal is a term used to describe a persistent and severe reluctance or refusal to attend school. It can be triggered by various factors, such as anxiety, social issues, learning difficulties, or negative experiences in the school environment.  School refusal in teenagers often leads to academic underachievement, strained family relationships, and a decline in…
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10 Ways Trails Carolina’s Summer Programs Empower At-Risk Students to be Successful in the Next School Year

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As the school year comes to a close and summer approaches, many parents may be concerned that being out of the classroom for three months might put their child at risk of falling further behind. If your child is in danger of failing academically, or if they struggle with school refusal, truancy, school-based disciplinary problems,…
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Active Learning: Physical Activity in Outdoor Classrooms

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Students who participate in physical activity during school lessons do better on tests than students who stick to sedentary learning, according to a new study conducted by the University College London. Many students struggle with staying focused in a traditional classroom where lessons involve rote memorization and note-taking. Incorporating experiential learning and physical activity into…
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Outdoor Education at Nature Center in Wilderness Therapy Programs

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Lessons in science textbooks come alive at Trails Carolina’s Nature Center that offers students unique projects and field studies to help them open their eyes to the environment. Traditional school settings often don’t have the time or resources to offer hands-on labs for students studying wildlife or resource conservation, so the concepts they talk about…
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Fighting Boredom in Teens with ADHD

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According to a recent study, adults experience 131 days of boredom per year. While full-time responsibilities can trap them in routines, they also have more choices and freedom to keep themselves engaged in fulfilling activities and work. If adults experience boredom this frequently, what about teens with ADHD who are caught somewhere in between that…
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What to Do When Your Child Has Been Suspended from School

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Finding out that your child has been suspended from school can be difficult for any parent to hear, especially if it’s not their first time. Every school has a different system when it comes to what kind of behavior warrants suspension and what suspension will look like. Some schools may offer strikes or offer clean…
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Getting Back On The Right Track: Academics at Trails Prepare Students to Succeed

For many struggling families, school can be a seemingly insurmountable challenge. Being a student is a full-time job for a teenager and if your child feels like they are not successful and incapable of excelling academically, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy of failure if they’re not given the proper guidance. At Trails Carolina, we…
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