Established in 1993, River View Christian Academy’s purpose is to provide a safe, structured, and supportive setting for struggling teenage girls, 12-17 years old. River View encourages positive change in girl students who have struggled academically due to negative influences or behavior issues, i.e. impulsivity.
River View is not a residential treatment center, or therapeutic boarding school, but we have found that a structured and caring environment can make an enormous difference in correcting behavioral issues among teenagers. River View understands that parents want to send a girl to a safe, monitored environment where she receives personal care, and guidance that helps heal emotional issues–whether brought on by trauma, foster care, adoption or abuse.
And while the young teen girl enrolls our residential boarding school to improve her academics and learn positive life skills, River View Christian Academy also helps teen girls struggling with impulsivity improve their mental and physical health.
Call us to learn more: 1-800-494-2200
Recognizing Impulsivity in Young Girls
Impulsivity becomes a problem when it puts a child in danger or causes disruptions at home or in school. Impulsive children have different ways of expressing themselves, but the most common signs to look out for are: 1
Interruption: He or she may interrupt parents, teachers, or friends, either by speaking over them or acting out.
Impatience: An impulsive child will show a degree of impatience. They may not understand the concepts of “waiting one’s turn” or sharing. In the classroom, they speak out of turn, blurt out answers, or grab toys from other students.
Inappropriate communication: A child may speak, yell, or laugh at inappropriate times.
Danger: A child may participate in dangerous activities without thinking about the consequences.
Is Impulse Control Disorder the Cause?
A person with an impulse control disorder is often unable to resist the sudden, forceful urge to do something that may violate the rights of others or conflict with societal norms. These impulsive behaviors may occur repeatedly, quickly and without consideration of the consequences of the actions. Pyromania (intentionally starting fires) and kleptomania (the urge to steal) are well-known examples, but there are others.
Signs and Symptoms of Impulse Control Disorder
There are some signs and symptoms that may point to an impulse control disorder in some individuals. It is not always easy to identify a disorder, but the following flags may be cause for attention.
- Behavioral symptoms: Stealing, lying, starting fires, risky or promiscuous behavior, aggressive or volatile behaviors
- Cognitive symptoms: Obsessive behavior, being irritable or agitated, flying into a rage, and poor concentration abilities
- Social and emotional symptoms: Low self-esteem, social withdrawal or isolation, detachment and/or anxiety, drastic shifts in thoughts and moods.
When the emotional toll, or impulsive behavior becomes unmanageable or seriously disrupts everyday life, the likely cause is an impulse control disorder.
Some risk factors include:
- Being male (males are more prone to impulse control disorders than females)
- Genetic predisposition
- Chronic drug or alcohol use
- Being subjected to trauma, abuse, or neglect
- Exposure to violence or aggression
Certain types of chemical imbalances may contribute to an impulse control disorder in some individuals. Additional mental health issues, such as depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), often coexist in people with an impulse control disorder.
River View Helps Girls with Impulsivity Issues
One of the most important aspects of redirecting a teen girl who is struggling is for her to be in an environment that is structured with a routine schedule that she can count on. We believe in student boundaries in all areas of life. Another reason for our success over 25 years at River View Christian Academy is the high level of involvement of staff and parents.
Located on 45 acres in the beautiful hill country of central Texas, River View ‘s girl students are also responsible for garden and animal chores, in addition to school and homework. Of course, there are fun school activities, as well as the amazing parks in the area.
We also provide nutritious meals, and healthy exercise and activities. We want each girl student to experience positive benefits of learning boundaries and responsibility, as well as improve her daily life in a challenging environment.
If you want to learn more about how we help young girls struggling with impulsivity issues at our ranch and Christian boarding school, please call 1-800-494-2200 now.