Who Should Apply
Whytecliff is designed for Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley children aged 13-18 who – for a variety of reasons often including anxiety and/or depression and other life and/or learning challenges – require services and supports above and beyond what is available in traditional classrooms.
Many of the children we have accepted have been formally labelled with diverse needs such as:
-Auditory Processing Disorder
-Language Processing Disorder
-Nonverbal Learning Disorders
-Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
-High Functioning Autism
-Behavioral and Emotional Challenges
-Drug and Alcohol Abuse
-Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Don’t let a label stop any child applying! We accept anyone with a diverse learning need who can benefit from the program.
Where other programs are structured to start with singular problems or challenges, Whytecliff starts with the child – the whole child, within the big picture of their lives – and decides the best way forward from there, not setting out to treat, but to develop their positive potential. It’s a deceptively simple departure from the status quo, but a crucial distinction. From Whytecliff’s inception, the goal has been more ambitious; rather than simply helping a child overcome problems or challenges, we’ve strived to help them engage and develop the strengths to master, and really live and enjoy, a well-lived life. Before wellbeing became the ‘it’ thing, it’s been at the very heart of what we do – woven together with education from day one. To us, this approach is just common sense, the way that any caring parent would work to help their children grow into their best possible selves.
The benefit of Whytecliff’s approach is that it’s so versatile. When you’re structured around no one particular challenge or problem, you can work with a wider range of kids, and are especially well-suited for kids with co-occurring challenges. We’ve discovered that, many times, when a child starts to grow through their so-called ‘problems’, the real issues pop out along the way. But because the child will have grown to develop their natural adaptive capacity, they’re better positioned to deal with their challenges and prevent new ones from forming.