PROGRAM: YOUTH COMMUNITY SUPPORT PROGRAM (YCSP)
Aiden was referred to Wood’s Homes by Alberta Health Services. He had been diagnosed with ADHD when he was around 8. Prior to arriving here he was having trouble in school, skipping and becoming increasingly hard to manage. He was described as smart and sensitive by his teachers, but his high and lows were very hard to work with. He would go from calm to irate to totally shut down in seconds.
In junior high school he was bullied, his grades plummeted and he eventually just stopped going altogether. At home, he became aggressive. A suicide attempt landed him in the hospital.
His parents considered his problems a school issue, not a mental health issue, but once they were referred to Wood’s Homes, both were very engaged in Aiden’s treatment.
In his time with us, we worked with Aiden to rebuild trust, safety planning, better sleeping habits, routines and communication.
After Aiden left our program, we provided in-home support and follow-up. His parents know that can call us any time, day or night when Aiden is in crisis; and they have. But these calls have occurred less and less frequently as Aiden is learning to work through difficult emotions on his own in healthier ways.
Aiden is back at home now, but still attends the William Taylor Learning Centre on our Parkdale campus. The goal is to get him back enrolled in high school and Wood’s Homes will be right alongside him and his family for this important transition.