Who We Are

Daniels Academy - A Therapeutic Boarding School for Boys with Neurological Differences

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:

1. Social Thinking Skills

Coined by Michelle Garcia Winner, Social Thinking is “what we do when we interact with people—we think about them.” How we think about people affects how we behave, which in turn affects how others respond to us, which in turn affects our own emotions.

The students we support often times have limited skills in this area which has impacted much of their social understanding and social life. Daniels Academy Boarding School for Boys supports the development of these social thinking skills in our students through many of Michelle’s strategies. 

These include but are not limited to teaching our students:

  • How their social minds work: why they and others react and respond the way they do
  • How their behaviors affect the way others perceive and respond to them
  • How this affects their own emotions, responses to and relationships with others across different social contexts.

2. 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
  • depression
  • technology abuse/misuse/dependence
  • obsessing or perseverating over situations or routines
  • poor hygiene and self-care
  • rigid thinking and behavior

3. 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:

  • planning
  • organizing
  • 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.

4. 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:

  • Hygiene
  • 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:

  • Shopping
  • 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.

Accreditation & Licensing

Daniels Academy is a fully accredited high school by Cognia (formerly AdvancED).

“Based on a set of rigorous research-based standards and evidence-based criteria, the accreditation process examines the whole institution–its policies, programs, practices, learning conditions, and cultural context–to determine how well the parts work together to carry out the institution’s vision and meet the needs of every learner. Accreditation isn’t about passing a one-time inspection. Rather, accreditation recognizes education providers that demonstrate and sustain their commitments to continuous improvement and better learner outcomes.”

Daniels Academy is fully licensed through the Utah State Department of Health and Human Services.

“This bureau licenses and regularly inspects health care facilities, performs on-site inspections of Utah health care providers, and conducts background screenings on all direct care staff in certain health care industries.”