Spectrum Issues

Autism Spectrum and developmental delays or disorders on a campus structured for their success!

Oxbow Academy is a residential treatment program designed for boys who struggle with sexual concerns. If your son is acting in a sexually inappropriate way or struggles with excessive pornography use, Oxbow may be an appropriate solution. We also accommodate teens on the Autism Spectrum on a separate campus structured for their success!


Our East Campus is structured for boys who struggle with sexual issues and may also be burdened with developmental delays or disorders. The East Campus may be appropriate for your child if he struggles with:

  • Autism spectrum characteristics (ASD)
  • Asperger’s related issues
  • Recognizing and de-coding social cues.
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)
  • Non-verbal Learning Disorder (NLD)

Regardless of any developmental diagnosis, each boy at our East Campus has consistently struggled to maintain healthy boundaries and has crossed socially appropriate sexual boundaries prior to admission at Oxbow.


Our East Campus provides a therapeutic living environment in which we can address all issues in a residential setting most conducive to a unique style of social interaction. Repetition and role modeling help students understand and incorporate therapeutic principles without the frustrations they sometimes experience in programs where the focus is mainly on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or in other words “Talk Therapy”.


Since 2006, Oxbow Academy has provided a therapeutic, residential and academic program that treats each student in a personalized holistic way. Our East Campus gives students with developmental issues a smaller, more personalized therapy setting to help them deal with their sexual behaviors and their social challenges.


The Language of Therapy

Many parents are terrified their child will be labeled as a sexual “predator,” a “pedophile” or a “sex offender.” These are terms created by the courts for adult offenders. It’s important for parents, consultants, and private clinicians to understand this kind of court language is clinically inaccurate when it comes to describing Oxbow students.


Students at Oxbow Academy have broken sexual boundaries. They have often been victims of sexual abuse or sexual trauma themselves. They struggle with sexual compulsiveness. Our East Campus students are often emotionally disconnected from their surroundings.


Oxbow students use sexual acting out as a means of coping with stress and anxiety, in the same way, other teens may choose to abuse substances or other self-harm behaviors. They are not in the same category clinically or developmentally as adults with histories of sexual misconduct.


Typically, a path of addiction has led toward your son breaking sexual boundaries. Oxbow clinicians are trained in sexual specific therapy. They can help you and your son identify and understand the connection between addiction and sexual reactivity and sexual compulsiveness.


Will my son be safe?

Your son’s emotional and physical safety is our first priority.


Oxbow Academy is not a state-mandated detention facility. We are a therapeutically based residential treatment center. All of our students have been privately placed in treatment by their families.


To ensure the emotional and physical safety of the group, both the East and West campuses are equipped with a series of specific safety protocols. These safety procedures include:

  • 24/7 camera and motion sensor monitoring of sleeping areas.
  • Line of sight supervision at all times by staff.
  • Private bathroom/shower facilities used by students one at a time


What about the other students?


Some parents worry their child may “learn” sexual behaviors from other students. They wonder if their boy will “get worse” from associating with other boys with similar struggles.


Boys who attend Oxbow Academy have struggled with social situations; sometimes they have been bullied or had a difficult time establishing healthy age appropriate relationships. They may also have struggled with pornography addictions or spend unhealthy amounts of time in the fantasy world of gaming or other virtual realities. Some students are themselves victims of childhood sexual abuse or sexual trauma.


Because they share two commonalities, adolescent sexual behavior problems, and developmental issues, the boys at our East Campus are able to create a community of support and understanding. This promotes disclosure and helps create group therapy environments where boys feel physically and emotionally safe to participate.


Participation promotes healing; decreasing the amount of time your child will spend away from home.


The Therapy Environment


The clinical staff as well and the mentor Staff are specially trained in the cognitive, emotional, and social attributes of students who struggle with ASD, NLD, PDD and other developmental concerns.


Our supportive residential environment helps prepare non-neurotypical students to progress in therapy sessions. Therapists and residential mentors work together to provide an appropriate amount of pressure for students to start the healing process without being overwhelmed by the living community itself.


Help and Hope


Oxbow therapists understand the path of addiction the leads towards breaking sexual boundaries. This addiction is the silent, secret “drug” that brings with it shame and confusion and the constant worry of what may become of your boy. It’s an addiction you can’t discuss with family or friends.


If you have concerns about your son’s teenage sexual development and some of the developmental issues and behaviors he demonstrates, then the Oxbow Academy East Campus may be a solution. There is help available and hope for your child. Come and visit our campus. Meet our students. When you do, you will see they are very much like your son.


To arrange a tour or for more information, please call Tiffany Silva at 855-676-4272. Tiffany is happy to take your call day or night and help you find answers.