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One of the great things about being an educator is the diversity of study.  One day I might be discussing and describing the internal workings of the first telescope and on another day I might help students to identify native trees.  No two days are ever the same. Recently, I helped a student disassemble a 5 HP engine.  We took it apart, …

Calo Nursing Staff

CALO recently changed from having one Registered Nurse on-site during business hours, to 24 hour nursing seven days per week.  Nurses are an integral part of providing care to our students.  Our nurses cumulatively have 133 years of experience.  This experience covers a broad range of expertise including Oncology, Cardiac, Pulmonary, Asthma and Diabetes care, to name a few.  They …

Therapy Without Walls

I frequently get asked the question, "What is a recreational therapist?"  I am always hesitant to respond.  As I explain that I go rock climbing and wake boarding and spend long hours fishing and canoeing with adolescents, people don’t always believe that I have a real job.  I’ve been accused of making a living by playing hard. While there is some …

Expectations and Graduation

Expectations and Graduation Families and their students need to be prepared for what will happen emotionally and behaviorally after graduation.  Their experience up to that point has been filled with challenging and productive family sessions, individual sessions, family visitations, and home visits, which have produced an ability to communicate, have accountability, abide by visitation contracts, adhere to expectations, and repair the …

Safely Accessible

In her compelling book, Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew, Sherrie Eldridge addresses the need for adoptive parents to initiate conversations with their children about their birth families.  I would like to share a few highlights on this important topic. Adoptee Perspective In spite of the innocence that adoptees portray, many carry a false burden of shame.  …

Rhythms

As opposed to structure alone, living life in consistent rhythms helps students manage their moods and affect long-term. Students are more vulnerable and open to change and trusting of staff when adults caring for them are managing the rhythms of the milieu. This provides the consistency and the metaphorical "safety net" students need. Residential coaches talk to the students about …

Neurofeedback

Biological systems in the human body are constantly sending us messages.  We dont usually pay attention to them until they become so loud we cant avoid them (being startled, running up flight of stairs).  The internal messages are always there, but unless we exaggerate them or specifically look for them, they generally go unnoticed.  When your doctor checks your pulse, …

Sunday Reading at Calo

One of the best memories of my childhood was my mother reading to us nightly before bed.  She always read a chapter of a book and if my brother and I begged long enough we might have been lucky enough to get a second chapter.  This is something I try to instill with my own kids.  No matter how hard …

I'm Different!

I have always been unique, goofy, funny, creative, odd, in the principals office, late, daydreaming, and overall one of a kind. I always thought it was because I am Italian! It turns out I have some degree of ADD or ADHD. Being over 40 years old, this was a surprise to me. All these years, I never knew. At first, …

Calo Adds Music to the Environment

Calo has brought in a piano teacher to help students interested in learning more about music. Ms. Jo is her name, but some call her Bev.  Ms. Jo is very excited to be working with our Calo kids and teaching music.  Music combines so many different things and can have such benefits.  Music is science.  Music is mathematical.  Music is …