From a family member of one of the boys that was treated and discharged successfully from Bernalillo Academy
Bernalillo Academy “has by far helped (child) more than anywhere else he had been—and he’s been a lot of places…you’ve got good people here”.
Mom reported she…”was always kept in the loop…..the entire process was great from admission …all the way through discharge…incredibly impressed with the Residential Counselors and the hours they work while being so compassionate and caring towards the children…”
“We appreciate (Therapist) knowledge and experience with children on the autism spectrum, especially Asperger’s Syndrome Disorder (ASD). She has shared resources (e.g. books and theories) and has encouraged the use of tools (e.g. checklists) for (our son’s) eventual return to our home. We have been impressed with her perception and ability to access a situation and change accordingly. She was willing to “shift gears” when our son’s progress indicated a change in the course of his therapy (e.g. shift from TFC placement to coming home). She has always been generous with her time, granting additional therapy time when we needed to talk. We are especially grateful for the time she has spend with our younger son, to explore his feelings and answer his questions about his brother and ASD.” Regarding the Psychiatrist at Bernalillo Academy ….“We are grateful for the professional knowledge and guidance given to us by (Psychiatrist at Bernalillo Academy). His recommendation to discontinue the medications that (our son) had been taking for many years was a challenge to our way of thinking. Dr. Whit was successfully able to eliminate all the medications that (our son) had been prescribed. We were completely amazed at the improvement in our son’s demeanor and attitude. It has made a dramatic difference in how our son now relates to his world. We are very grateful to (Psychiatrist at Bernalillo Academy) for his wisdom in advocating the elimination of medications and for accomplishing that goal” Regarding the staff at Bernalillo Academy: “Staff members were always courteous to us and caring, professional, and friendly to our son…we have been very pleased with the staff, including the nursing staff and administrative staff…our son has made extraordinary progress…He is confident of the coping skills that he has learned.”
“….I just can’t tell you how grateful I am for your staff. I watched 4 of them help (my son) and they were so nurturing and warm. They helped him get through a meltdown and it brought tears to my eyes to see you guys are so caring and lving. Thank you so much….”
From a Mom of a 12 year old boy whose son had been in out of home placements/treatment since the age of 5 years old
Mom states she feels that this is “the first time treatment has really helped him. He’s like a new boy, the boy I knew he was under all of that.(behaviors)”. Mom reported her appreciation for our staff at Bernalillo Academy and said, “You can see they (staff) really care about these kids. This is not just a job for them. That’s obvious”……”he is starting to learn different ways of working through difficult situations and feelings…he is starting to use his strengths and reach out to others for support…he is starting to see in himself what we already saw; an exceptional boy with many gifts.”