Helping Patients Move Forward with Their Studies
Seeking effective eating disorder treatment for your child or teen should not interfere with or delay their educational progress. Eating Recovery Center’s Behavioral Hospital for Children and Adolescents features a fully-equipped Learning Center staffed by a licensed teacher, Kari Kristensen, to help patients move forward with their studies to support a seamless transition back to school following eating disorder treatment.
Kari works directly with patients’ schools to deliver lessons, assignments and tutoring to help keep them on track with their studies. She provides educational assessment upon admission to assess patients’ academic strengths, weaknesses, preferred learning styles, and general mind-set regarding school. She also provides immediate contact with parents, home-based schools, guidance counselors, school administrators, homebound teachers, and others in the education setting to establish an academic game-plan for patients.
Throughout eating disorder treatment, academic support on assignments is provided in a classroom setting, instituting differentiated instruction based on individual patient needs. Academic support can be in the form of resource tutoring provided in majority of subject content areas via teacher or independently contracted, content-expert tutors. Parents and educators work with Kari for ongoing liaising to support patients’ academic success throughout treatment. Parents receive weekly updates regarding their child’s academic progress. When needed, Kari can work with home schools to establish a 504 Accommodation Plan with the patient’s school district to allow patients extended timelines and reduced work load during eating disorder treatment.
At time of discharge, education transition plans and recommendations are sent to patients’ schools to aid in a successful return to academic environments. If patients are not enrolled in school, or they admit during summer break, independent learning projects and book clubs are incorporating into patients’ treatment plans. While the goal is to keep patients enrolled in their home-based schools during treatment, certain schools and districts mandate physical attendance and must withdraw the student upon admission. In these cases, online course options are explored and patients are enrolled in an online program through their home-based school or district Denver Public Schools’ online program (DPSonline),which reviews patients transcripts and advises online course enrollment based on each child’s academic backgrounds. These credits may be completed at home, even if patient discharges and returns to another state. At the point of DPSonline semester completion, transcripts are sent to patients’ home-based schools and credit transfers are determined by the respective institutions.