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The School Solution offers Therapeutic Boarding Schools as an option

As a parent, there is nothing as painful as watching your child struggle in life and not knowing how to help. You may have tried out many options already and seen little to no results in their wellbeing. You may simply not know where to begin. Wherever you are in this journey, The School Solution will meet you there.

Owned by therapeutic educational consultant Karen Mabie, The School Solution was created to help struggling adolescents find the educational and/or therapeutic boarding school setup that is best for them. Karen works with families whose child (ages 11 to 26) is struggling despite their best efforts at home.

This could be due to any number of issues, including but not limited to:

  • emotional needs
  • physical needs
  • addiction
  • ADD
  • ADHD

These issues often get in the way of your child’s education and their ability to learn. At this point, parents may feel hopeless or frightened, but Karen meets all clients with determination and knowledge thanks to her extensive  experience in educational psychology and consulting.

When a family comes to The School Solution for help, we first set up an introductory meeting or phone call upon completion of the intake form. At this introductory meeting, we strive to really understand your child’s individual needs. We discuss social, physical, and academic development to better focus our search.

After our introductory meeting, it’s time for us to do the leg work. We extensively review all the forms that have been given to us, as well as interviewing past teachers and therapists who have worked with your child. After this is completed, we identify and contact schools that we think would be best suited for your child’s specific requirements.

Our main goal is to figure out what kind of structure is best for your son or daughter. Often times, a therapeutic boarding school may be the answer. Therapeutic schooling is most often a combination of residential treatment and individualized schooling. Many adolescents would benefit from therapeutic boarding schools, especially if their emotional, social, or physical needs make traditional schooling a challenge.

Therapeutic Boarding Schools

Therapeutic boarding schools offer open enrollment year-round, and opportunities to catch up academically if need be. Unique academic structure often helps an adolescent who has previously struggled in school, and the therapy offered also allows them to better focus on academia in general.

Structure can be rigorous or more laid back, depending on the therapeutic boarding school, and they are often located in a rural setting. This setting may offer recreational options like hiking, walking, swimming, and more. Creative outlets are also offered for adolescents who would benefit from self expression through music, drama, or writing. The student’s family is also involved through weekly phone calls, visits, and even family workshops. It all depends on where you decide to send your child.

For more information about different types of programs, the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs offers a helpful website and so does www.teenboardinschools.com. Each therapeutic boarding school is different in what they offer, and that’s why The School Solution is here to find the best match for your child.

When your child is struggling, it is often tempting to take it all on yourself. You don’t want to let anything slip through the cracks. Unfortunately, internet research and word of mouth can often be overwhelming and hard to handle on your own. Because of this, it is always best to consult a professional and allow them to help you find the best solution for your child. The School Solution is here to lighten your load and offer knowledgeable and experienced support. When it comes to helping your child, the best time to do so is now.

Call us at 847.242.0865 or email Karen at kmabie@theschoolsolution.com.



Thank you, Karen, for all you did for me and my son.  You knew the best place for him…the only place for him. 

- Mom of a son



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