The purpose of our program is to provide intensive services in a safe, structured environment to those children facing the challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders and Developmental Delays who have not found success in less structured settings or through services provided in their home community. Bernalillo Academy provides regular support in the form of individual, family and group therapy, specialty groups and workshops that serve as the framework for achieving emotional, social, and developmental goals.
All Bernalillo Academy Master’s level Therapists meet all state and local licensure requirements. Every child is assigned his/her own personal Therapist who will work with him/her throughout his/her stay at Bernalillo Academy. Bernalillo Academy’s clinicians utilize their unique skills to deliver individual, family and group therapy sessions, and workshops. Our Therapists are available for parent support and communication throughout your child’s stay. As with all aspects of the Bernalillo Academy program, the efforts of your child’s therapist are aimed at fostering the skills and growth required for success in school, at home and in your community. The therapists unify the efforts of the student, staff, family members, and referring professionals so that all parties can support your child’s success during their enrollment at Bernalillo Academy and upon return to the community.
- INDIVIDUAL: Your child will receive scheduled individual therapy sessions with his/her therapist which may include but are not limited to use of music, art, sand tray, and traditional play therapy. Your child’s therapist will discover which techniques work the best with your child to help your child reach his/her individualized treatment goals.
- FAMILY: Bernalillo Academy believes a child’s long term success is dependent on the inclusion of their family in the therapeutic process. With therapeutic support parents will learn new techniques to support and maintain their child’s new behaviors and communication skills upon return to their home, community and school.
- GROUP: a variety of groups are led on each unit to facilitate an increase in functioning, coping skills, self-care, physical wellness, social skills, and other areas that increase likelihood of success long-term.
- WORKSHOPS: Parent workshops are provided by Bernalillo Academy on a variety of topics and you are encouraged to make suggestions for workshop topics that will be helpful and informative for you and your family.