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The Frost Center (Rockville, Maryland) is a private, nonprofit school and therapeutic day program that serves adolescents with emotional, learning, and behavioral disabilities and their families. Approximately two-thirds of each student's day is spent in academic classes, acquiring the skills and behavior necessary for a return to a less restrictive environment. The other portion of the student's day is spent in counseling, mostly in a therapy group setting. One evening each week, students, their parents, and their siblings participate in a family and parent counseling session aimed at changing destructive and ineffectual patterns of family interaction and parenting. One component of Frost Center's programming is the Work Day, designed to help students obtain employment and independent living skills, identify strengths and weaknesses as a worker, become aware of realistic career options, and build actual work experience. Students begin by working at the school 1 day per week doing landscaping tasks, building maintenance, and office work for which they are paid an hourly wage. Students who consistently receive positive work evaluations are recommended for internships, in which students perform volunteer or paid work at other sites, such as retail shops, pet stores, libraries, and service stations. Frost Center students also take a career education course, to help them learn about the world of work and independent adult living. (JDD)

Descriptors: Academic Education, Behavior Disorders, Career Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Therapy, Emotional Disturbances, Family Counseling, Group Counseling, Internship Programs, Learning Disabilities, Parent Counseling, Prevocational Education, Private Schools, Secondary Education, Special Schools, Therapeutic Environment, Transitional Programs, Work Experience Programs

Autor: Mosso, Janet L.


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