Meridell Achievement Centers services are physically and programmatically distinct.
Adolescent Behavioral/Psychiatric Programs
- Boys 12-17: La Casa, 16 beds
- Girls 12-17: Bunk House, 16 beds
- Girls 12-17: Ranch House, 16 beds
We categorize patients before diagnosing them. Those who have behavioral/psychiatric issues(manipulative, purposeful, acting out for gain)are treated in a behavioral milieu (behavioral clinical environment):
- Promotes intensive group therapy and interactions to stimulate and support a positive peer culture
- Emphasizes strong, positive role-modeling by staff
- Stimulates positive social opportunities with challenging group and individual work
- Instills self confidence and leadership by earning opportunities and respect
- Rewards positive effort and behavior
Adolescent Neurobehavioral/Neuropsychiatric Programs
- Boys 11-13: Eagles, 20 beds
- Boys 14-17: Falcons, 24 beds
- Girls 12-17: Jewels, 20 beds
Patients whohave neurobehavioral/neuropsychiatric issues(loss of control, impulsive,explosive, not acting out for gain)are treated in a neurobehavioral milieu (neurobehavioral clinical environment):
- Prevents over-stimulation: quieter, calmer, slower paced
- Decreases negative attention: redirect, pick battles – ignore minor, silly behavior
- Positive approach: behavior that is wanted vs. not wanted
- Avoids power struggles: encourage negotiation to obtain needs, earn privileges
- Identifies ways to avoid aggressive behavior: gain insight to signs of escalation; replace negative coping skills with positive coping skills
- Modifies school demands: shorter sessions, smaller groups, less distraction
Child Neurobehavioral/Neuropsychiatric Program
The Children’s Program provides a neurobehavioral milieu similar to the adolescent neurobehavioral milieu, and includes program features for young children:
- The levels system is based on a “stop light” system: green, yellow, red
- Levels are based on current behavior. Children get immediate feedback and have the opportunity to improve their level three times each day.
- The schedule includes several breaks each day for play and recreation
- Teachers in two physically distinct classrooms provide education for children in grades K-3 and 4-6.
Evaluations (as indicated)
Behavioral/psychiatric patients may have a psychological evaluation to identify thinking processes, conscious and unconscious, that may contribute to their emotional and behavioral difficulties.
Neurobehavioral patients have a neuropsychological evaluation to determine their cognitive strengths and weaknesses. These evaluations assist Meridell, parents, teachers and treating professionals to identify appropriate behavioral, emotional andacademic interventions.
Neurobehavioral patients receive a Cognitrace Study, a neurophysiological evaluation. This procedure (Quantitative EEG with Evoked Potential, or ?QEEG?) is reviewed by a Pediatric Neurologist, who can identify organic, neurological problems. These problems underlie behavior; they can be treated medically.
JOHN H. WOOD JR. CHARTER SCHOOL AT MERIDELL
We help children to do their best and fall back in love with learning.
- Enrollment in English, Math, Science and Social Studies based on ability and transcript
- Credit recovery, acceleration, and enrichment
- Each classroom has a dually-certified teacher (Regular and Special Education) and a teacher’s aide.
- Dedicated school psychologist (LSSP).
- SmartBoards, virtual desktops, laptops, and personal learning devices are utilized by teachers and students.
- STAR Reading / Math, Accelerated Math, Reading Plus, and A+ Learning Systems
- Life College (life and social skills) and Power Training (lifetime fitness)
- Collaboration with treatment staff for a balanced approach to learning and recovery
Curriculum is relevant, challenging and meaningful