At Wediko School, we want children to live at home safely with supports and resources to sustain their development. But, when community based supports are not specialized enough to meet the complex needs of your student, Wediko School offers a highly structured residential program that can help. Wediko’s knowledgeable staff and enriching campus setting build an atmosphere of safety and accountability, providing the perfect backdrop to steer students’ functioning in more appropriate directions.
Wediko’s therapeutic and educational milieu is the primary intervention. Consistency of routine and expectation across the therapeutic milieu fosters trust and safety on campus. The core of the milieu is the Wediko clinicians, teachers, and staff who develop strong relationships with each student, focus on the student’s strengths, and use positive behavioral interventions to teach and reinforce prosocial skills and coping strategies. With close to 1:3 staff to student ratios, difficult interactions can be paused, reworked, and reflected upon in the moment. Students feel empowered and more effective in using safe, assertive communication and developing positive relationships with peers and staff.
Therapeutic Dormitory Groups
Each student’s dorm group is formed with intentionality and designed to replicate an extended family system, offering a never ending stream of corrective interaction experiences. Wediko structures social situations emphasizing the development of individual skills and interpersonal competencies that envelop each child. Social learning occurs through the use of graduated stress and contingent outcomes in small and larger group functions. Opportunities for enjoyment and peer relationships are supported by staff who coach students through healthy relationship formation processes.
Daily Group Therapy
Wediko School’s residential students participate in daily group therapy with dorm-mates led by masters and doctoral level clinicians. Group therapy helps students set reasonable personal and social goals, develop strategies to achieve those goals, hold each other accountable for detours and false starts, and validate achievements. In the process, students develop myriad skills for group interaction, communication, problem-solving, self-regulation, and perspective taking. As a result, students benefit from building honest, trusting, and reciprocal relationships that meet their needs and those of others.
Weekly Family Therapy
Weekly family therapy helps bring relevant long-term themes into the students’ daily work, ensuring gains made have the best chance of generalizing home. Family therapy sessions are tailored to the family and student’s individual needs and, therefore, draw on a range of intervention models, such as coaching, psycho-education or family systems models. Sessions occur in-person, whenever possible, but can also be accommodated by phone and video-conferencing.
Cognitive Behavioral Checklists
Conducted multiple times daily, Cognitive Behavioral Checklists engage students in co-rating their performance with adults on pro-social and undesirable behaviors. Through this seemingly simple rating system, students and staff move from retrospective evaluation of past behavior to creating an action plan for changing behavior. This approach empowers students as problem-solvers, lending the prospective that youth have the opportunity to partner with adults in making choices moving forward.
Individualized Therapeutic Supports
Additional treatment and supports are available depending on student’s individual needs, including individual therapy, psychological and educational testing, issue-specific group therapy, nutrition counseling, psychiatric medication management, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and supported community service opportunities.
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
Wediko staff are trained collectively in helping students to build emotion regulation and de-escalation skills. As part of this education, all staff members are certified in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, applying verbal and physical methods for preventing and managing disruptive behavior. Wediko School prioritizes quality of connection and relationship. Staff work with students to learn and understand ‘triggers’, develop and prompt use of self-regulation strategies for calming frustration, anxiety, and agitation, and engage students in repairing relationships to restore sense of safety and community.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
Wediko School utilizes a structured system of positive behavior support across all areas of the program. Wediko’s staff introduces, models, and reinforces positive social behavior and defines clear language and expectations around those behaviors. The purpose of program-wide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm, which is internalized by students at Wediko and beyond.
With thoughtful program structures and personalized supports, Wediko School is designed to ensure a comprehensive approach to each child’s needs, fostering greater competency and responsibility while stimulating personal and social development. These structures are embedded into a beautiful rural setting and high interest activities that remind kids to have fun.