Comprehensive Education. Quality Clinical Care.
Located on 450 lakefront acres in New Hampshire, Wediko School is a residential treatment center offering therapeutic and educational services for middle and high school aged boys experiencing significant social-emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges.
Wediko School’s social workers, psychologists, and special education teachers guide students through an intensive program of academics, individual therapy, group therapy, experiential education, and family therapy that the NH Department of Education cites as “how residentials should be.” Through extensive individualized attention, a strong culture of community, and personalized therapeutic experiences, Wediko School students build social-emotional competence, confidence, and resilience in order to get along with others, make and keep friends, fulfill their personal needs, and succeed in school and in life.
Wediko School helps students build self esteem through mastery, including:
- Discovering and nurturing strengths, gifts, and talents
- Rewarding effort
- Containing negative behavior
- Providing consistent and stable relationships
- Inspiring imagination, challenging assumptions, and stimulating growth
- Providing safety
- Validating self worth
- Building competence
- Improving interpersonal skills and relationships
Wediko has capacity to serve 44 residential students and 12 day students who are struggling with complex psychiatric profiles and disruptive behaviors. Often, Wediko’s students do not fit neatly under the criteria of a specific diagnosis or they have been diagnosed with multiple disorders, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Bipolar Disorders
- Depression and Mood Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
- Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD or ADD)
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Reactive Attachment Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (Asperger’s Syndrome/PDD)
- Non-Verbal Learning Disorder
Students at Wediko School come from New Hampshire and nationwide, referred by public schools, private educational consultants, government agencies, and word of mouth. Thus, Wediko’s campus is rich with geographic, cultural, cognitive, and socio-economic diversity that few places can emulate. Yet, no matter the complexity of the population, Wediko’s students share common elements of resilience:
Wediko students demonstrate a level of insight orientation
Wediko students can identify elements of their lives and themselves that they would like to change. While these boys don’t yet have the skills to make the needed changes, they do have a desire to alter their behavior.
Wediko students engage in language based therapy
Wediko’s therapists, special educators, and residential staff use language based therapy individually, in dyads, groups, and day-to-day interactions to skill build. Wediko’s students are students who can process and produce language at average and above average levels so they can best take advantage of these resources.
Wediko students engage in family systems approach to therapy
Wediko’s therapeutic milieu incorporates understanding of how family relationships, behaviors, and patterns influence individual behaviors as well as dynamic relationships within a family unit or subunit. Thus, Wediko’s students have ties to family member(s) who will engage actively in family therapy in person or through regular visits supported by phone/video conferencing.
Wediko School builds off of the insight, language, and family connection of students to build the student’s existing strengths into more robust capacities while simultaneously stimulating new interests and competencies.