Boot Camps for Children

Boot Camps for Children

In the past boot camps were only associated with the military. In the last twenty years boot camps have been used in an attempt to help a struggling teen turn their lives around. The method is controversial resulting in the death of some of those enrolled. There are private and public boot camps. Some of the problems associated with boot camps have taken place in boot camps associated with teens in state funded correctional system boot camps. Many boot camps have closed in the last few years due to the stigma associated with, and the widely publicized boot camps that have had problems. It is unfortunate for some boot camp owners that have been caught in the cross fire. There are also boot camps and boarding schools have been unfairly targeted by state officials.

How Young of a Child Can You Take?

In the past, the majority of boot camps were limited to troubled teens. There are some boot camp style placement options for younger children, as young as 10 years of age. There are other programs that are structured like a boot camp that will take children as young as 8 years of age. Alternative placement options and boarding schools for younger children can be very expensive. Some Christian Boarding Schools and programs are able to hold the price down, due in part to donations of generous supporters. It is interesting to hear parents ask for help with a six year old child that they are unable to control. It makes a person wonder what is going on in the home that would cause a parent to give up on a child that young. Granted, there are situations where a child becomes so unruly that they may need to be placed somewhere out of the home. It is difficult to understand how a six year old can drive a parent to the point of wanting the child taken away from them. On the flip side of the coin it is unfair to blame the parent entirely for the situation they are in. To be fair, there are many contributing factors to be considered in every family and the dynamics surrounding their individual situation. This makes it unfair to generalize and lump all struggling parents and children into a category and call them failures.

Why Does My Child Act Like This?

Prior to placing a child outside of the home here are a few ideas a parent may want to take into consideration. The child may be suffering from some type of a medical problem. There are tests that can be done to determine if a child has ADD, or ADHD. These are the acronyms for Attention Deficit Disorder, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. If the child has one of these diagnosis there are medications that can be prescribed to assist them. There are a couple of other diagnosis that may be explored. ODD or Oppositional Defiant Disorder is a diagnosis that the medical professionals may want to explore. Another less likely potential problem may also need to be explored. RAD or Reactive Attachment Disorder may be a problem, especially for an adopted child.

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