Our comprehensive social, emotional, and behavioral support assists student development and implementation of pro-social skills in areas such as communication, relationships, emotion management, and self-confidence.

Virtual Tour Adolescent Residential Treatment Stage 1


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  • Stages

    Residential One (steps 1-4): Students reside in a structured and supportive home-like environment where they are supervised and guided by our highly trained Youth Counselors. A daily schedule outlines the student’s routine and expectations, providing them with a structured and predictable outline to assist with creating healthy habits. Social and Daily Living Skills are a focus along with managing emotions. Students are encouraged to learn about themselves; their strengths, weaknesses, interests, triggers, what works, and what doesn’t.

    Residential Two (steps 5-8): Students have additional community access and opportunities to demonstrate application of the skills they learned during stage one. Here students are encouraged to learn about others; their community, family, friends and the effect their behavior has on the people around them. Residential Two students require less behavioral support but continue to benefit from a very structured and supportive environment with direct supervision and guidance from our Youth Counselors.

  • Advancement

    Students advance through the steps by earning required daily points consistently, completing treatment/step assignments, and presenting their step requirements and accomplishments to both peers and staff in a group setting. Asking for and accepting feedback is an important skill to learn. Presenting in an organized group provides a safe setting where students and staff process the step purpose, requirements, and progress of the student presenting. Regardless of the outcome, students receive very valuable feedback, encouragement, and guidance.

  • Supervision & Support

    The students’ safety is closely monitored at Waterfall Canyon Academy. The student to staff ratio (1 staff per 3 students) provides high supervision and support for our students 24 hours a day. Our program feels strongly about family relationships and are dedicated to assist the students in acquiring a greater appreciation for their own families. Appropriate ways of acting and responding in a family environment are addressed therapeutically and educationally in our home setting. Our goal is to return our students to their families with developed skills and attitudes that make them a welcome addition to home again.

  • Social Skills

    Our students may struggle with social interactions, communication, and understanding social cues. It’s important to note that each person with ASD is unique, and their experiences and challenges can vary widely. The social challenges are assisted through therapy by focusing on daily social situations, understanding nonverbal cues, and process effective communication skills. Additionally, our program has created an inclusive and understanding environment. By promoting acceptance, patience, and empathy, we can help our students feel more comfortable and supported in social settings. Developing social skills empowers individuals who have been diagnosed with or presents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to become more self-assured and independent.

  • Daily Living Skills

    Developing daily living skills will assist students to take care of their personal needs, manage their daily routines, and navigate their environment with greater confidence. Having well-developed daily living skills enhances social inclusion for our students. When they can independently manage their personal care, participate in household tasks, and engage in community activities, they are better equipped to interact with others and participate fully in social settings.

    Our Daily Living Skill Services focus on the essential skills to assist our students struggling with gaining and maintaining a daily schedule. Skills such as time management, organization, and personal hygiene are important while attending school, in a workplace, or at a community activity. Developing these skills can increase the student’s chances for success with friendships, co-workers, and in the community.

Staff Facilitated Classes

Students participate in daily groups to assist in developing personal social and daily living skills that will help them be productive members of their community and navigate relationships throughout their lives. WCA staff are trained to facilitate structured, productive, classes; encouraging a safe environment for learning and sharing.

Community Based Activities

Our residential program provides daily opportunities to socialize in the community. The program is designed to help guide our students with successful experiences participating in physical, cultural, and social events and activities. While at Waterfall Canyon Academy, students learn to use their community as a resource.

  • Recreational Activities

    During recreational activities staff model/teach students how to problem-solve, work as a team, and use communication skills to assist appropriate interactions on these daily outings. In addition to basic activities such as basketball, soccer, working out at the gym and running/walking, we challenge students with new activities such as snowboarding, skiing, hiking, camping, fishing, and playing on community recreational teams all of which build self-esteem and provide an opportunity to apply/practice social skills.

  • Social Activities

    Social activities are designed to support emotional well-being and facilitate healthy interactions with peers. Structured social outings to local attractions, movie nights, and game nights provide opportunities for our students to bond with their peers in a supportive and supervised environment. These social activities not only offer enjoyable experiences but also help students learn essential social skills, build self-confidence, and foster a sense of belonging within their community.

  • Service-Based Activities

    Our community-based program also includes and encourages students to participate in service-based activities. Students can be seen assisting the elderly in care centers, stocking the shelves at the food bank, walking the animals at our county animal shelter, or picking up trash in the local parks. Such experiences help students develop empathy for and understanding of others and provides them with the opportunity to demonstrate appropriate social skills, coping skills, and interpersonal skills as well as develop new talents.

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