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Empowering Your Child Through Experiential Education

Equinox understands how learning through experience is a transformative power in shaping young individuals’ lives. In this blog post, we will delve into how our specialized approach at Equinox harnesses experiential education’s benefits to unlock your teen’s potential. By combining therapeutic programming with immersive learning experiences, our program empowers your teen to thrive academically, emotionally, and personally.  

What is experiential learning?

  Experiential learning is an educational approach that emphasizes skill-building through hands-on, real-world experiences. It goes beyond traditional classroom instruction by actively involving learners in immersive activities, allowing them to engage with the subject matter in a practical and meaningful way.   

Embracing Experiential Education at Equinox RTC:

  1. Tailored Experiences: Equinox recognizes that every human has unique strengths and learning styles. We design customized experiential learning experiences that align with each teen’s social and therapeutic needs, allowing them to engage meaningfully and progress at their own pace.
  2. Therapeutic Integration: Our approach combines experiential education with therapeutic programming, creating a holistic environment that nurtures your child’s emotional well-being. By engaging in outdoor adventures, wilderness expeditions, and therapeutic activities, students have the opportunity for personal growth, self-reflection, and healing.
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  1. Life Skills Development: Equinox focuses on equipping your teen with practical life skills beyond traditional academic knowledge. Through hands-on experiences, they learn problem-solving, decision-making, communication, and teamwork. These skills help students foster independence and self-confidence.
  2. Outdoor Exploration: The natural environment is crucial in our approach. Equinox embraces the therapeutic power of nature, offering your teen the opportunity to explore the great outdoors, build resilience, and develop a deeper connection with the world around them. Outdoor activities may include team sports, like ultimate frisbee, basketball, soccer, or flag football. Seasonally, our students get the opportunity to go on outdoor excursions to participate in activities like mountain biking, swimming, fishing, skiing, and rock climbing. 
  3. Academic Excellence: Our programming supports academic achievement by making learning more engaging and relevant. By applying theoretical concepts to real-world situations, your teen develops a deeper understanding of subjects and enhances their critical thinking skills.
  4. Emotional Growth and Support: Equinox recognizes the importance of emotional intelligence in a teen’s development. This helps your teen cultivate empathy, self-awareness, and social skills through collaborative projects and interactive experiences.
  5. Personalized Progress Tracking: We understand the significance of monitoring your teen’s progress. Equinox employs comprehensive assessment methods through collaborative team communication to track their growth in academic, social, and emotional domains. This enables us to tailor experiential learning experiences and therapeutic interventions to meet their evolving needs effectively.
  At Equinox, our commitment to experiential education goes beyond traditional teaching methods. We provide a nurturing and supportive environment where your teen can thrive academically, emotionally, and personally. By blending therapeutic programming with hands-on experiences, we empower your teen to develop critical life skills, resilience, and self-confidence. Equinox is dedicated to helping your teen unlock their full potential to find personal growth, healing, and lifelong success.

Natalie has been working with adolescents in residential treatment since 2009. She is a licensed Recreation Therapist in the state of North Carolina and is nationally certified through the National Council of Therapeutic Recreation.