Spectrum Issues

Autism Spectrum and Developmental Delays or Disorders

A Campus Structured for their Success

Oxbow Academy is a residential treatment program for boys who struggle with sexual issues. If your son is acting in sexually inappropriate ways or struggles with pornography use, you can find help at Oxbow. We accommodate teens on the Autism Spectrum and with developmental delays and disorders on a separate campus structured for their success. Our East Campus may be appropriate for your child if he struggles with:

  • Autism spectrum characteristics (ASD)
  • Asperger’s related issues
  • Recognizing and decoding social cues
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)
  • Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD)

You can place your son in a therapeutic living environment where we can address his issues with a unique style of social interaction. We use repetition and role modeling to help students understand and incorporate therapeutic principles without the frustrations they sometimes experience in programs where the main focus is 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. At Oxbow’s East Campus, you can give your son a smaller, more personalized therapy setting to help him deal with his sexual behaviors and social challenges.

The Language of Therapy

Many parents worry that their son will be labeled as a sexual “predator,” “pedophile,” or “sex offender”. Courts create these terms for adult offenders. It’s important for parents, consultants, and private clinicians to understand that this kind of court language is clinically inaccurate when it comes to describing Oxbow students.

Students at Oxbow Academy have broken sexual boundaries and struggle with sexual compulsiveness. They commonly have been victims of sexual abuse or sexual trauma. 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 as 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 to break sexual boundaries. Oxbow clinicians are trained in sexual specific therapy. You and your son can identify and understand the connection between addiction, sexual reactivity, and sexual compulsiveness with the help of our clinicians.

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 where our students are privately placed in treatment by their families.

To ensure the emotional and physical safety of the group, both the East and West campuses have 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 that their son will get worse from associating with other boys with similar struggles. At our campus, our students help each other in their healing process. Because they share two commonalities, adolescent sexual behavior problems and developmental issues, the boys at our East Campus can 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.

Therapy Environment

Our clinical and 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 help students start the healing process and feel comfortable in our living community.

Help and Hope

If you have concerns about your son’s sexual development or about developmental issues or behaviors he demonstrates, you can find help at Oxbow Academy’s East Campus. Come and visit our campus and meet our students. To arrange a tour or to learn more about Oxbow Academy, please call Tiffany Silva at 855-676-4272. Tiffany is happy to take your call day or night and help you find answers.