About the Residential Treatment Program
The Residential Treatment Program at Silver Springs provides a nurturing living environment with specialized treatment and care for children ages 6 to 14 whose behaviors have become too unsafe for them to live in a family or community setting.
What behaviors and issues trigger concern that might mean a child needs residential care?
- Physical aggression
- Reenactments of trauma
- Manic behavior
- Severe depression
- Severe anxiety
- Oppositional behavior
Silver Springs provides individualized treatment for children 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
We embrace a trauma-informed approach, teach coping skills, and emphasize predictable behavioral expectations and rewards. We are committed to using Evidence-Based Practices, which research has shown to be effective in helping children and adolescents achieve positive change.
Through positive relationships between the children and Child Care/Mental Health Workers and other staff members, our program focuses on helping children develop effective coping skills rather than engaging in unsafe behaviors, while also emphasizing community building and support. While the average length of stay is about 12 months, our goal is to help children return to a community living setting as quickly as possible. We work with community agencies, families, and guardians involved with each child to help him or her be successful and spend the shortest amount of time needed at Silver Springs.
We also serve children who meet criteria for high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder. In addition, we manage medications for those children for whom medication is recommended.
The Importance of Families
At Silver Springs, each child’s family is an essential part of their treatment team. “Family” could include biological, adoptive and foster relatives, extended family, and others not necessarily related but who are important in a child’s life. We respect the culture, beliefs and traditions of the families whose children come to stay with us.
The close partnership between the Residential Treatment staff and a child’s family helps transfer successful behavior changes children learn in the Program back into their homes and communities. Family members may learn new ways of interacting throughout their child’s stay in our Program as well.
Our children live on four units in the Weinmann Building on our Plymouth Meeting campus, where there is ample room for recreation, including outdoor playgrounds, a gymnasium, an indoor pool, and ball fields.
Through recreational activities, our children learn the value of good sportsmanship, keeping active and being a helpful team member. Plus, these games, sports and activities are just plain fun! Soccer and basketball are ongoing favorites at Silver Springs.
We also offer therapeutic and enriching activities, such as equine therapy (horseback riding), and partner with many outside community/civic organizations who sponsor and hold various parties, activities and events both on and off grounds.
To refer a child, or if you would like more specific information, please contact Barbara Trout, Ph.D., Clinical Services Director, at (610) 825-4440, ext. 333.
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