Healthy Family Dynamics, Volume III: Temper Tantrums

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Whether they occur within the privacy of your home or in a public place, temper tantrums can be exhausting, infuriating, and a large source of helplessness. These strategies will help you handle temper tantrums put on by children of all ages.

-Recognize Tantrum Sites-

If your child typically causes a scene while shopping (likely over some item he or she wants that you refuse to purchase), be prepared for such incidents before the fact. Being prepared will minimize the infusion of frustration that comes right on the heels of a tantrum.

-Stand Firm-

Many parents take one or both of the following actions when their child has a tantrum: they give in to the child’s demands or they become angry. Do neither. Instead, remain calm but firm. Many children conduct tantrums because they get their way. As they build up to a crying, screaming fit, use positive reinforcement to encourage them to stay strong, but also remind them that if they do cause a scene, there will be consequence; then alert your child as to those consequences.

-Stay Close But Silent-

If their behavior escalates to a tantrum, stay close at hand, but do not speak to them until the tantrum subsides. Communication feeds into their behavior: by speaking, you demonstrate that they can get your attention if they scream and cry. Talk when they are finished, not before.

-Follow Through-

Keep to your word regarding the penalties you impose: if you threaten to take away television time, stick to your word. Do not renege later simply because the child finally stopped screaming in an attempt to get you to change your mind.

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Healthy Family Dynamics, Volume II: Channeling Poor Behavior Into Constructive Activity

By: Turning Winds

At any given age, a child may express difficulty behaving appropriately and will act out in a variety of ways. It is not uncommon for parents to have difficulty dealing with any manifestation of poor behavior, so follow these strategies to redirect negative energy into healing and constructive conduct.

-Physical Activity-

Many parents use a timeout chair, in which children who have misbehaved remain seated until a particular duration has expired. However, keeping still is usually difficult for children. Rather than sitting, give them opportunity to release their energy in other ways. Older children could be made to vacuum and clean their bedrooms, shovel snow, or rake leaves. For children of all ages, make sure they have plenty of chances to engage in physical activities such as sports, which promote the added benefits of cooperation and teamwork.


Do not feel bad if you cannot understand why your child acts out. Sometimes they are not quite sure of the source of their behavior, either. Sit down with them, reassure them of your love, and ask them to tell you what is bothering them. In such cases, prioritize listening over dispensing opinions and advice; offer them only if asked.

-Make Time to Listen-

Children spend so much time listening to adults in various settings that they crave time to do some talking of their own. Set aside time to provide your child with a forum to talk about anything he or she desires: schoolwork, hobbies, friends and classmates, jobs, future possibilities. Most importantly, let them do the talking.

-Stand United-

In a two-parent home, it is important to present a united front when dealing with a child’s poor behavior. If you and the other parent do disagree, do so in private, not where the child can sense weakness and aggravate the situation. To perpetuate this consistent behavior, establish few rules, but stick to them. This makes it easier for parents, themselves, to remember the rules and why they were chosen.

-Forego Physical Punishment-

Any form of physical contact as punishment such as spanking can create a cycle of physicality that leads to abuse. Do not use physicality as punishment under any circumstances.

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Therapeutic Strategies Employed at Turning Winds Academic Institute

Based in Troy, Montana, Turning Winds Academic Institute has an extensive track record of success in helping troubled teens to overcome their difficulties and excel, both academically and personally. Turning Winds Academic Institute’s success stems from a broad-based therapeutic strategy that utilizes proven psychotherapeutic techniques. Three of the most common techniques used at Turning Winds Academic Institute are narrative, behavioral, and cognitive therapy. Narrative Therapy Developed by Australian Michael White and New Zealander David Epston, narrative therapy is a collaborative approach in which a therapist works with a patient to uncover the positive experiences and stories in the patient’s past. In this way, narrative therapy helps patients to change their focus and let go of destructive self-concepts previously considered essential. Therefore, narrative therapy takes as its philosophy the idea that “the person is not the problem, the problem is the problem.” Behavior Therapy Based on learning theory, the goal of behavior therapy is to encourage certain activities and discourage others. Developed separating in the early 1950s by groups of therapists working independently, behavior therapy has undergone many changes and modifications over the past 60 years, incorporating a comprehensive range of new theories and research. Behavior therapy has been successfully used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, chronic pain, eating disorders, and substance abuse. Cognitive Therapy Developed by psychiatrist Aaron T. Beck, cognitive therapy was first practiced in the 1960s. Cognitive therapy strives to identify and change destructive behavior, thinking, or emotional responses through the development of coping strategies. Cognitive therapists typically question the assumptions of the patient, working collaboratively to develop new ways of approaching life’s difficulties. In addition to these techniques, Turning Winds Academic Institute offers a comprehensive suite of academic services, including a full high school program and college preparatory courses. Financing options, including loans and scholarships, are available in certain cases.

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Overview of Bipolar Disorder

Turning Winds Academic Institute treats young people dealing with a variety of mental health issues. One of the more common mental disorders that we address is bipolar disorder or manic-depressive disorder. Bipolar disorder belongs to the mood disorder category of mental disturbances. People with bipolar disorder have periods of extremely elevated energy or mood (the manic phase), often followed by extreme periods of depression. Some individuals may also experience mixed episodes consisting of concurrent manic and depressive symptomatology. Under the current classification system, there are three major types of bipolar disorder: bipolar I, bipolar II, and cyclothymia. In addition, there are several other conditions related to bipolar disorder, including schizoaffective disorder and major depressive disorder. There are numerous causes of bipolar disorder, which include both environmental and genetic factors. Additionally, children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, who have been exposed to trauma or abuse, or who have a history of stimulant use are more likely to develop the disorder. Interpersonal relationships and major life changes can also trigger the onset of bipolar mood episodes. In some people, brain abnormalities may also play a role, although this hypothesis is still disputed. The body’s sensitivity to melatonin may also be connected. Bipolar disorder is difficult to diagnose and often goes untreated. When identified, there are several treatment options available. Certain types of psychotherapy are effective, including cognitive behavioral therapy and social rhythm therapy. Additionally, there are several medications available, including mood stabilizers such as lithium carbonate, sodium valproate, carbamazepine, and lamotrigine. Some types of antipsychotic medications may also be used during acute manic episodes. In many cases, bipolar disorder is quite treatable and the prognosis is good once the condition has been accurately diagnosed. Individuals receiving appropriate treatment for bipolar disorder often function quite well and experience little or no disruption in their quality of life. Turning Winds Academic Institute has a history of success in treating adolescents with the disorder. Concerned parents are asked to contact the institute for a consultation.


Deciding Whether a Therapeutic Boarding School is Best for your Child

Deciding whether a therapeutic boarding school is the best place for your child is among the hardest decisions that a parent of a troubled teen or child must make. While home therapy often seems like a better option, teens are often reluctant to engage in therapy and may refuse to interact with a therapist under normal circumstances. Also, home therapy sessions are often short and only occur on a weekly basis, making it difficult to foster lasting progress. At Turning Winds Academic Institute, students receive regular one-on-one attention with counselors and engage in daily group therapy sessions. In the structured environment of a boarding school, these children are given the opportunity to truly alter their behavioral patterns and begin to achieve academically and socially. All of the school’s therapists are fully licensed and qualified professionals, taking the guesswork out of finding a trusted professional locally. At the Turning Winds Academic Institute, you can rest assured that your child will receive the utmost in psychological care. Many parents who try to obtain quality at-home therapy services for their children see little change resulting from the sessions, which can be explained by many factors. In addition to the aforementioned constraints, at-home therapy may not be the best option for your child’s specific needs and expectations. Some teenagers benefit more from group therapy or even family therapy sessions. With the small class size of the Institute, we are able to effectively engineer a therapeutic approach that is tailored to the individual child.

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Financing Options at Turning Winds Academic Institute

After deciding to enroll your child in Turning Winds Academic Institute, the last concern you should have is financing your child’s time at the school. In order to best serve parents and their children, we offer a variety of financing options, including custom loan programs through Clark Behavioral Health Financing. These non-collateralized and tax-deductible loans require a simple application process, and loans will be pre-approved within 24 hours in most cases. The company will work with your family to agree upon an affordable monthly payment plan and payments may be deferred up to 10 months in times of hardship. Generally, Clark Behavioral Health Financing loans are amortized over 20 years with a funding fee that varies from 2 to 5 percent. The interest rate varies according to LIBOR rate and credit history. For more information about the possibility of loans, visit Clark Behavioral Health Financing at ClarkBHF.com or contact us at Turning Winds Academic Institute. We are dedicated to providing the best environment, treatment, and education for your child and are available to help you explore your financial options. In addition to personal loan programs, Turning Winds Academic Institute also offers a range of scholarships for its students.