The Glenholme School Observes Global Day of Parents and Recognizes the Important Role Parents Play in the Lives of Young People with Learning Differences

Washington, CT (PRWEB) June 02, 2015

In 2012, the United Nations proclaimed that Global Day of Parents would be observed each year on June 1, providing an opportunity to appreciate parents and parental figures for their noble commitment to children and their enduring sacrifice towards fostering this relationship. The Glenholme School, a therapeutic boarding school for young people with learning differences, has long since recognized the importance of parents in the role of the lives of children — particularly children with learning difference.

The Glenholme School understands the importance of parents and uses an unparalleled approach to achieving success with their students — through parent education and involvement. The school invests considerable time and resources in developing and delivering a curriculum specifically for parents, with the goal of encouraging consistency between the home and school. Glenholme’s parent education programs are a direct result of parent feedback and have proven to be highly beneficial to students’ development. Children of parents who utilize these opportunities and apply the behavioral techniques are more likely to have higher rates of improvement in their behaviors when compared to children whose parents have not been involved in the educational offerings.

Just as parental involvement is necessary when a child lives at home, a parent’s participation is just as integral when the child is living at a boarding school. Glenholme uses a variety of techniques to involve and educate parents including its Friday Seminar Series, family therapy, in-home consultations and special parent days, weekends, and gatherings.

The Friday Seminar Series is a behavioral training curriculum offered to parents on Friday afternoons before they pick up their children for a weekend visit. The goal of the series is to teach parents the behavior modification techniques utilized by Glenholme staff in order to increase the consistency between home and school, ultimately maximizing the transfer of treatment gains. A clinical study was conducted to substantiate the effects that this training has had on the behavior of parents who attend. The results indicate that parents who attend the Friday Seminar Series and parent days are more likely to utilize Glenholme’s behavioral techniques.

Another study was conducted to determine whether these changes in parental behaviors are associated with a corresponding change in the behavior of the children. The findings of this study indicate that the seminars have the intended effects and, most importantly, they can be directly associated with the children’s improvement, which is the ultimate goal.

Glenholme also encourages family therapy among its students and their parents. This therapy equips parents with the same Positive Behavior Support strategies that Glenholme faculty members are trained to employ with the students. Sessions are individualized to focus on the unique goals and concerns of each family and work within the behavioral framework to help address specific issues as they arise.

In-home consultation is also available, offering families with the unique opportunity to have Glenholme professionals provide customized recommendations suited seamlessly to their family as it relates to their home environment. Glenholme identifies the benefits associated with familiarity of a family’s community, neighborhood and living space. It is essential to providing guidance that is meaningful to the specific needs and resources of each family.

The Glenholme School understands the importance of parent involvement and is proud to offer parents resources to teach them how to provide the same learning environment that their child experiences at school, thus benefiting the entire family for years to come. While the school celebrates parents each year with its Parents’ Appreciation Week during the first full week of January, Global Day of Parenting acts as a welcome reminder to acknowledge the unwavering dedication and ceaseless effort of all parental figures. After all, a parent is their child’s first teacher and continues to be a guiding force, leading by example throughout life.

About The Glenholme School:

The Glenholme School, a center of the Devereux organization, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) coeducational, therapeutic boarding school for young people with high functioning autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, OCD, Tourette’s, depression, anxiety, and various learning differences. The program provides a treatment milieu designed to build competence socially and academically. Our learning environment supports and enhances the ability for young people with special needs to succeed. Devereux is a leading nonprofit behavioral health organization that supports many of the most underserved and vulnerable members of our communities. For more information about The Glenholme School and its program, visit

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Next Step Living-Supported Saha Global Introduces Ghana Families to Solar Energy, Cutting Energy Bill Costs and Reducing Carbon Emissions by One Thousand Tons Yearly

Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 27, 2015

Saha Global, the woman-run nonprofit bringing solar energy and clean water technology to Northern Ghana, has made a significant impact in the health of families in the region and in new economic opportunities during its seven years of operation. Funded in part by Next Step Living’s Next Step Giving program since late 2013, the nonprofit has transitioned more than 450 families from using kerosene to solar electricity, the carbon reduction equivalent of 1,000 tons a year, and the equivalent of saving thousands of U.S. dollars in utility bill costs for each Ghanaian family.

Prior to its solar endeavors with Next Step Living, Saha Global began as Community Water Solutions, providing clean water to nearly 5,000 families who were previously drinking contaminated water, causing widespread illness. Some 40,000 people are now benefitting from the 74 water businesses Saha Global created to bring clean water to the families.

“We launched Next Step Giving to extend the benefits and potential of our energy-saving solutions beyond just the Northeast by supporting groundbreaking nonprofits such as Saha Global,” said Geoff Chapin, CEO and founder of Next Step Living. “The nonprofit’s initiative to provide clean energy and water was a perfect match to further our mission to provide greater access to energy efficiency and renewable energy. Partnering with Saha Global has helped us achieve that goal on a more global level.”

As a result of Saha Global’s success, Chapin said the company will continue its partnership with a particular focus on expanding solar facilities and serving an additional country. A panel of judges, including Next Step Living Vice President of Outreach Gabe Shapiro, will choose the next country after a pitch event to be held May 31 in Boston, and will be publicly announced at a fundraising event in September.

Starting from scratch, Saha Global founders Kate Clopeck and Vanessa Green began creating solar and water businesses in Northern Ghana, empowering local women to become entrepreneurs in their community. Women, who are often marginalized in the Ghanaian culture, became businesswomen, running solar charging stations powered by community solar, a step into the 21st century in villages where kerosene lamps and lead acid batteries were the norm. Now, people can charge their cell phones and other electronics at the solar charging center, leading to an enormous improvement in energy use. Saha Global has generated nearly 180 new jobs for women entrepreneurs, who run the clean water and energy businesses in Ghana.

“At first our women partners were intimidated by the solar technology, but within days they had the operation down,” said Clopeck. “We’re not only helping them start a business, but we’re also giving them a sense of purpose to help their communities both adopt clean energy, and lead safer, healthier lives.”

Next Step Living and Saha Global Impact to Date

Solar electricity access to close to 500 families, eliminating kerosene lamps. By reducing black carbon by 102.5 kg, there are 92,600 kg of C02 no longer being released into the atmosphere each year.
This has the climate warming equivalent of 1,004.35 tons of CO2 each year.
It is the equivalent of taking 192 cars off the road or planting nearly 24,000 trees.
Eight solar businesses in Ghana provide electricity to more than 450 families, saving each family $ 116 annually. That’s the equivalent of an American family saving thousands on its utility bills.
A team of more than 250 volunteer field representatives to carry out the Saha Global mission since the nonprofit’s founding in 2008.

About Next Step Living

One of the fastest-growing companies in the country, Next Step Living® is the leading provider of whole-home energy solutions in the Northeast. In 2014, Next Step Living continued its triple bottom line focus with an expansion into the commercial sector when it became the exclusive provider of EcoThermal Filter Systems, an innovative energy-saving product for commercial kitchens. Headquartered in Boston’s Innovation District, Next Step Living makes it easy and affordable for people to have a low environmental impact, at home and at work. Next Step Living partners with more than 400 municipalities, civic organizations, leading corporations and utility companies to deliver energy-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions for better living. Please visit for more information.