About Seven Stars Wilderness Therapy

Experience & Innovative Aspergers & Autism Program Design

Seven Stars was founded by Dr. Gordon L. Day, a psychologist and leading expert in assessment and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders. Seven Stars’ outcome-driven, innovative aspergers and autism program design offers two phases. Stabilization is a seven to 14-day acute care stabilization experience for those students who are in crisis and need psychiatric, emotional or behavioral stabilization. Assessment offers a weekly rotation including three days of residential treatment and academic life and four days of outdoor adventure therapy activities.

This distinctive aspergers and autism program design provides formal multidisciplinary assessment, as well as holistic functional observation and assessment. It offers our team critical insights into functional strengths and needs and enables us to refine the accuracy of the child’s care and long-term recommendations.

Dr. Gordon Day

Dr. Gordon Day, founder of Seven Stars, is a leading expert in the field of positive psychology, as well as the assessment and treatment of neurodevelopment disorders. Since 2003, Gordon has been passionately helping young kids with a wide range of social, behavioral, emotional and neurodevelopmental issues.
For instance, perhaps a young girl struggles academically and has been diagnosed with ADHD. The school setting might be an area where the child lacks confidence and specific study skills. She might grow anxious and react emotionally to frustration or failures. Perhaps by improving her study skills, giving her ways to cope with stress and anxiety, building confidence and improving her activity levels outside the classroom she demonstrates better focus and greater success in the classroom. This might lead us to change the diagnosis or confirm the ADHD diagnosis, but the important part is, thanks to the comprehensive nature of Seven Stars, this young girl has gained specific skills to succeed. We look for win-win solutions.

Individualized Programming with the Resources of a Larger Aspergers & Autism Program

Seven Stars shares the campus and some clinical resources with two nationally recognized residential treatment and assessment centers, Elevations Residential Treatment Center & ViewPoint Assessment Center. Our specialized autism program still has a small, highly personalized approach. Our students have their in their own dorm wing and participate in group and milieu therapy sessions and activities as a team. However, this shared campus provides access to facilities of a much larger program – this includes higher technology classrooms, art studio, gymnasium, fields, assessment centers and extensive clinical and medical staff.  This unique arrangement also allows individual students or the entire group to move in and out of activities and academics with neuro-typical students according to the needs of each student.

What Can You Do?  The Value of Keeping it Positive

The foundation of success, for Seven Stars’ aspergers and autism program, is our focus on positive psychology. Our goal is not only to assess the previous and current challenges, but also to help students find their strengths and build upon them through our personalized, strengths-based, mentoring approach.

The Seven Stars’ approach looks for ways around power struggles. We seek to find each student’s natural motivation to succeed. Rather than focus on level systems or punitive or material punishments, we teach our students about the natural and logical outcomes of their behaviors. We work to challenge each student at the optimum level and seek to avoid breakdowns, establish quick resets and encourage community involvement. Seven Stars students have struggled because they lack awareness, understanding and skills. It is through teaching, mentoring, experience and challenge that we grow.

To find out more about our innovative aspergers & autism program and to speak with our team, contact us today, at 844-601-1167. Families are welcome to tour, as well.