Brehm’s Boarding Program
Benefits of Brehm’s Boarding Program
Brehm’s Boarding Program is a vital component in keeping up with Brehm’s holistic model. In keeping with our mission, our boarding program supports the whole student and focuses on their complete developments, so we are not only addressing the academics but also the social and emotional aspects that come with being a young adult with a learning disability. Students are assigned to dorms based on gender, age, and the level of hand-over-hand support the student needs. Our dorms provide a family-style and supportive environment where students feel safe to try, fail and try again.
Our structure gives students a sense of independence while maintaining 24-hour supervision.
2 Bedroom Rooms On Campus
Minutes of Independent Living Skills per Week
Social Skills Sessions
Independent Living Skills Coaching
Shopping and Budgeting
Family Styled Weekend Meals
The Dorm Parent
Our Dorm Parents are a dedicated team of professionals who meet students where they are in terms of the level of support they require while preparing them for independence. Dorm parents ensure your child is well-balanced, supported, and challenged. The Dorm Parents’ primary focus is on independent living skills (room cleanliness, daily chores, laundry, meal preparation, budgeting, and self-advocacy).
Weekly Social Skills
Structured Daily Activities Keep Students Focused.
Our weekly Social Skills meetings, facilitated by Dorm Parents in each dorm, focus on our students’ social challenges that may impede learning. The curriculum teaches students self-advocacy skills, how to initiate and appropriately end conversations, resolve conflict, the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, maintain appropriate boundaries, how to recognize and pick up on verbal and nonverbal social cues , how to prepare for a job interview, budgeting (wants vs. needs) and a host of other topics and strategies. Because many of our students are visual learners, depending on the topic, the sessions include role playing and skits. The social piece is atleast as important as learning to read and write. There is also a weekly Campus Forum meeting with all the students where issues are presented and discussed. The topics range from things that are happening at Brehm to topics that are global in scope. This meeting allows students to discuss issues and concerns with an emphasis on problem solving and self advocacy.
There is also a weekly Campus Forum meeting with all the students where issues are presented and discussed. Thetopics range from things that are happening at Brehm to topics that are global in scope. This meeting allows students to discuss issues and concerns with an emphasis on problem-solving and self-advocacy.
Brehm also has a Tier System that objectively measures behavior academically, socially, and emotionally. The tier system provides opportunities for independence based on the level of support required, rewards responsible behavior, and provides accurate feedback to students and parents in preparation for transitioning into post-secondary experiences. The Positive Reward System allows students to earn points for the completion of daily tasks.