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How to Find Help for Your Struggling Teen (page 3)

How to Find Help for Your Struggling Teen

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Updated on May 15, 2014

Choosing the right program is one challenge. Explaining to your child that it’s a good idea is another. Siegel suggests sitting down with your child and explaining it this way: “Clearly our family is having a hard time getting along. You’re frustrated, we’re frustrated. We all have a part to play. Together we all need help and we’re going to see someone who does that for families.”

And then there’s the whole issue of how to pay for these often costly programs and services. An educational consultant costs several thousand dollars, nonresidential programs are about $2,500 to $3,000 a month, while schools and programs that offer 24/7 services can run between $5,000 and $13,000 a month. Reamer says a number of insurance companies cover a significant portion of that because these are considered mental health programs. “Parents have to be assertive about approaching insurance companies, and they should know there are precedents for this kind of coverage,” he says.

But, Reamer and Siegel say it’s money well spent in the long run, because a good program can take a child who’s spinning out of control and put her on track towards normal development. “When done right, you can save lives,” Reamer says.

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