Each child who arrives at Spaulding Youth Center is unique and their journey to individual success can have very different paths. Even if the trail is clear, the first steps toward success are often the most difficult to begin. Below are a few student stories that show that success can be achieved with Spaulding Youth Center programs and services.
As a young child, Rowen was exposed to trauma and events that no child should have to see or endure. As a result, Rowen struggled to control her emotions and behaviors because she was never taught how to do so. She had been living in a highly chaotic world which impaired her ability to truly ...
Even as a small child, Josh could be extremely aggressive and had difficulty self-managing during many situations. When he was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), his parents realized that his school district was not adequately equipped to support Josh’s needs. School administration began requesting early dismissals due to his disruptive behaviors. With the frequency ...
I am so proud of Matthew. In his latest teacher conferences, his high school teachers shared all positive feedback about my son: polite, a role model, a great kid, and a hard worker. These are incredible compliments considering where he was just ten years ago. After struggling with emotional and behavioral challenges in early childhood, Matthew was diagnosed in the second grade with bipolar disorder.
When I take time to reflect on life before Spaulding Youth Center, the word 'uncertainty' comes to mind. My husband and I were unsure of what each school day would bring for our son, Joshua. We only knew that life for Josh at school was getting more difficult and the school was not prepared to handle his needs. Life at home was a challenge as well, as Josh could not communicate with his family at all. When he started to get kicked out of school every 3 to 4 days for hitting and other bad behavior, we knew it was time for a change.
I was never looking to adopt. I had been a foster parent in the past and unfortunately, the experience did not go well. I started to accept that I had become an empty-nester, but something still felt like it was missing. That all changed the day I received a phone call from my friend Carol Sanborn, who worked in Spaulding Youth Center's ISO Foster Care program.
It was August 10, 2004 when we brought Ian to SYC. He'd been at Hampstead Hospital for a period of time and he was pale, lethargic, thin, and (in our opinion), over medicated. Hampstead was a dreary institution and we were so happy he was leaving there. However, we were also very apprehensive about his going to SYC. We were met by Lynn who eagerly welcomed Ian, showed us his room that she had just made up, and assured us that he would be well taken care of.