Who We Are
At Daniels Academy, we use our residential, homelike environment to introduce a new set of coping skills for our students who have learning disabilities or social differences to learn and practice in their daily lives. At our boarding school for boys, students spend time with caring, professionally-trained coaches, therapists, and teachers to help them develop their skills through academics, therapy, adventure education, and residential life.
The Four Pillars of Daniels Academy Boarding School for Boys are:
Emotion and Mood Regulation skills
For our students, effective emotional regulation is best described as the ability to regulate or respond to an experience/situation in a manner that is socially tolerable or acceptable. Teens and adolescents with learning disabilities or social differences may struggle with emotion and mood regulation skills. Often our students have used poor coping skills to manage their emotions and mood.
This can look like, but is not limited to:
- social withdrawal and/or isolation
- avoidance of challenging situations
- opposition and anger
- technology abuse/misuse/dependence
- obsessing or perseverating over situations or routines
- poor hygiene and self-care
- rigid thinking and behavior
Executive Functioning skills
Executive function are mental processes that help connect past experiences with present actions. At Daniels Academy, we use executive functioning every day to help in:
- reasoning and self-regulating
- managing time and space
- paying attention to and remembering the details we experience
Though our students are often very intelligent, issues in their executive functioning have impeded their success in their school performance, their relationships and their day to day management of their time and themselves. We give our students the tools they need to succeed, regardless of whatever learning disabilities or differences they possess.
Daily Living skills
Daniels Academy supports the development of several different living skills which can be placed in two different categories. Below is a partial list of skills our boarding school for boys helps develop.
Basic Daily Living skills consist of self-care skills such as:
- nutrition and food preparation
- laundry and appropriate dress for occasion
Instrumental Daily Living consist of daily living skills which support our students in healthy living independently. These are skills such as:
- managing money
- housework and general repair
- appropriate use of technology
These four pillars are key to helping our students who are facing learning disabilities or social differences reach their full potential.