Internet Addiction   The internet can be a valuable tool that allows people to expand their world. For some troubled teens, the internet can become a way of escaping the real world. Internet use can even become an addiction. A growing body of research suggests that internet addiction is not only real, but it also…

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Four Ways Spending Time in Nature Helps People Feel Better   A research study of more than 9,000 young people between the ages of 12 and 18 showed that the young people who live close to nature demonstrate fewer symptoms of depression than those who do not. For the people who work at Discovery Ranch…

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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)   While not every troubled teen has a troubled history, traumatic events that happened during childhood do affect a child’s developing brain and contribute to the type of teen that the child will become. Because Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) significantly affect the way that people grow and develop, exposure to ACE…

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Types of Stress and How to Cope with Them   Stress seems to be ever-present. Most people have experienced the way that stress could lead to a sick stomach or a sleepless night. The effects of stress can be especially challenging for young people whose brains are still developing. There are three distinct types of…

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Tall Cop Says Stop Jermaine Galloway has been an Idaho law enforcement officer since 1997. He is also a nationally recognized expert in drug awareness and prevention. Under the label Tall Cop Says Stop, Officer Galloway travels the country educating police officers, school officials, and parents about trends in the drug culture. The label refers…

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Students at Discovery Ranch follow the Discovery Academy Model of Competency-based Education.   Seat-time Based Versus Competency-Based Education When teens have problems, the problems can affect their school performance. Many teens struggle or get lost in traditional, seat-time based classrooms. That is why Discovery Ranch for Boys (DRB) handles school differently. DRB focuses on what…

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  Young people, especially troubled teens, often hear, “You reap what you sow.” At Discovery Ranch for Boys (DRB), that lesson is made literal–or, rather experiential. DRB focuses on experiential learning or learning by doing. Young men learn compassion by taking care of a rescued calf. They learn how to manage emotions by working with…

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Mental Health Disorder Help By Maia Christopherson   When someone becomes sick, they see their doctor in order to understand what is wrong with their body and how to get better. If they don’t take care of their body, their sickness can become worse and cause serious problems. We want our bodies to be healthy…

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Starting School Later Improves Teenagers’ Performance and Behavior By Contributor   Biological changes that teens experience during adolescents cause teens to be wired to stay up later and wake up later. This makes earlier start times for schools a real problem for most teenage students. Chronic sleep loss among teenagers has been associated with poor…

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How Can Active Learning Help Troubled Teens Fall Back in Love with School? by Contributor   Many troubled teens face challenges in school. At Discovery Ranch, your son will have the educational and therapeutic support that he needs to overcome these challenges. Discovery Ranch uses a variety of different strategies to help teens rediscover their…

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