“Since I was young, I have always known that this life damages us, everyone. We can’t escape that damage. But now, I am also learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other.”
I want to send out a HUGE thank you to an incredibly dedicated team of professionals working with Summer in the realm of academics and wellness. We had excellent meetings, including many on-the-spot clearing of schedules to make time for us to see many of you on both Monday 6/5 and Tuesday 6/6. We are all grateful for the incredible support you are giving to Summer, the ‘think tank’ approach to coming up with ad hoc solutions for out-of-the-norm circumstances, the effort to create a delicate balance between medications, therapy, nutrition, motivation, a safe environment, and a true team spirit. I am deeply impressed by the communication between staff that are floating between three cottages, two administrative buildings, an art chapel, stables and maintenance operations and the appreciation that every staff team member I had conversation with “gets” that the flow of students and issues have to be shared and updated on a daily basis.
Even the issues of Summer’s allergies to all seeds, including poppy, sesame, and sunflower and all nuts (include peanuts, tree nuts and yes, coconut) along with straight up milk (she can have it in things but can’t drink it directly) and soy (which of course also extends to not cooking with coconut oil, sunflower oil, or sesame oil) … creates its own monster of a challenge in trying to keep her well hydrated, with enough calcium and protein intake – which obviously impacts our overall mental status and general attitude as well.
There were a lot of thoughtful statements made yesterday about the good teacher-student relationships that have been made with Summer, how smart, mature and giving she can be, how revered she is by some of her peers as calming and caring, and the positive road that is being paved for her to thrive in. Summer struggles to believe she is smart and that she has amazing qualities (and she’s the first to admit it which is why I’m also copying her on this.) I know that we are all trying to remind her of these things and know that her self-image is critical in her healing process. One day, she will see herself in this light as well.
THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF HEARTS to The Charlton School and The Westhampton Beach School Teams.
“Parents recognize The Charlton School model is less about penalizing girls and more about respecting girls for who and where they are when they come to Charlton.”
“In referring patients, I look for a standard of care based on evidence-based treatments, the flexibility to tailor a treatment program to each child and family, and a willingness to include and communicate with an outside psychiatrist. Charlton does all of these things well.”
“Charlton is for students who are fragile and present with emotional issues such as depression, bi-polar disorders, anxiety, and personality disorders.”