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    The World Wide Association of Specialty Programs (WWASP) is an association of Residential Programs and Specialty Boarding Schools for teens ages 12 through 17. These Programs and Schools are designed for teens who are struggling in their home, school, or community. All of the Programs and Schools in the Association are independently owned and operated, yet follow a successful model that has been developed and refined over numerous years of experience.

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    The WWASP programs are unique in that they offer an exclusive "Warranty". All students who have met the criteria for successful completion from one of the WWASP facilities may be re-admitted to the Program for up to 60 days of free tuition, if he or she should slip into an old attitude of behavior patterns before the age of 18. WWASP is proud of its 96% Success Rate with teens who complete their 6-level program.

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    Every WWASP facility uses a 6-level Behavior Modification Program to help get teens back on track and functioning. Students are required to maintain high standards. Appropriate behavior is encouraged, reinforced and rewarded. Poor behavior brings immediate consequences. The philosophy of the program is to offer each child a basis for making responsible choices in the future.

    Levels 1 through 3 of the program basically reteach a child to learn to follow rules. Levels 4 through 6 build on the successes a student has achieved in the first three levels. Teens are taught greater personal responsibility and accountability, and are helped to internalize appropriate coping strategies to help keep them on track when they return home. Teens on the upper levels work with those on the lower levels in a role-reversal type of situation, which helps teens gain greater understanding of what their parents might have gone through.

    As a child advances through the program, he or she is given additional opportunities to make personal choices. The program becomes a testing ground to ascertain each child's level of commitment towards changing past negative behaviors.

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    When teens enter one of the WWASP programs, after completing a skill-building course to prepare them for maximum utilization of the academic system, they are tested to determine what level they are on, and an individual educational program is set up for them. A large selection of required and elective classes are offered. Students are able to complete required credits, and even earn advanced credits, in English, Math, Science, History and Physical Education plus many electives. Students work at their own speed and receive credit when they demonstrate mastery of the material. Schools are fully accredited, and many teens are able to graduate high school while participating in a WWASP program.

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    Students who have successfully completed any of the WWASP Programs may attend ongoing aftercare workshops with their parents. These workshops are held in several geographic locations throughout the United States. The family is given ongoing support, direction and intervention to help with the teen's adjustment and success back in the home environment.

    There are also family support groups located in and around most major cities, where families with teens in the program as well as families and teens who have graduated get together to share news and provide support to each other. I have had the occasion to meet several teens who have graduated the program, and it was gratifying to see how well these kids are doing now that they are home. At their young ages of 16, 17 or 18, they exhibit a maturity much greater than other teens their age and are intent on working things out with their parents, achieving their goals, and staying out of trouble.

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    All students participate in a series of highly effective seminars called TASKS (Teen Accountability, Self-esteem and Keys to Success). These seminars are aimed at enhancing self-esteem, honesty, accountability, integrity, leadership, and responsible decision-making. The seminar series also strengthens a teens's ability to overcome anger, peer pressure and self-limiting beliefs.

    Parent Seminars are also held for all parents who have children in the Program. These seminars are similar to the ones held for the teens. The purpose of these seminars for parents is to teach them better coping strategies, communication skills, and to strengthen bonds between family members so a child comes home to a family that has done much healing, thus providing a more supportive environment that will help the teen stay out of trouble.

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    If your child will not allow you to bring him to one of the WWASP facilities or you feel that there might be problems during the trip, arrangements can be made for your child to be escorted to the facility. One mom told me of two very big guys showing up at her door at 4:00 a.m. to escort her son. Her son had no choice but to accompany them, thus allowing him to arrive safely at the facility they chose.

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    NOTICE:  Portions of the above article were excerpted from "WWASP Resource Catalog"
    property of World Wide Association of Programs

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