SOURCE: CRC Health Group

CRC Health Group

April 03, 2012 08:07 ET

Unique Therapeutic Wilderness Program Launches for Autism Awareness Month

SUWS of the Carolinas Provides Adaptive Coping Skills in New 'Approach' Program for Those With Asperger's Syndrome and Other Behavioral Disorders

OLD FORT, NC--(Marketwire - Apr 3, 2012) - Blending traditional therapeutic methods with a challenging outdoor environment, SUWS of the Carolinas, a therapeutic wilderness program located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, announces its new Approach program aimed at helping kids with autism, a disorder that currently affects one in every 90 children in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide. The unique program will focus on building social skills for those that have high-functioning autism such as Asperger's, and other spectrum disorders such as Non-verbal Learning Disorder (NLD) and Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD).

Concentrating on teens ages 14 to 17, the Approach program provides a safe, predictable and consistent environment to increase the ability to learn and grow. Freed from modern distractions and negative peer influences in the wilderness, participants learn to develop healthy relationships, teamwork, self-confidence and a sense of personal responsibility.

"Social relationships are a primary part of adolescence, so when issues arise that compound social development, the results can be detrimental, impacting mood, self-esteem, relationships, family and school performance. As a result there can be delay in other developmental tasks," said Brandon Moffitt, therapist and program manager for the Approach program. "Because the Approach program is completely outdoors, we remove kids from the confines of their typical home environments to address self-defeating behaviors and allow for self-reflection while setting them up for increased social success with those that have similar issues."

With an exceptional student-to-staff ratio, individualized treatment plans and a positive peer culture the Approach wilderness therapy program assists students and families in progressing toward individualized goals. The safe environment allows participants to redefine their hopes for the future while discovering the ability to grow into the people they want to be.

"With the alarming prevalence of autism around the world, and in support of Autism Awareness Month, our new Approach program is CRC Health Group's response to addressing this growing problem which concerns our nation's youth in ever greater numbers," said Andy Eckert, chief executive officer of CRC Health Group, parent company of SUWS of the Carolinas. "We are excited to expand on current services such as our popular and successful wilderness programs, and extend our expertise into a curriculum that provides essential guidance and support for families faced with this challenge."

To learn more about the specialized Approach program, call 888-828-9770 or visit

About CRC Health Group
SUWS of the Carolinas is a member of CRC Health Group, the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral care services in the nation. CRC Health Group offers the largest array of personalized treatment options, allowing individuals, families, and professionals to choose the most appropriate treatment setting for their behavioral, addiction, weight management and therapeutic education needs. CRC is committed to making its services widely and easily available, while maintaining a passion for delivering advanced treatment. Since 1995, CRC programs have helped individuals and families reclaim and enrich their lives.

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