Mathieu Birmingham, M.D.
It’s been my pleasure to work with the staff, teachers, and clinicians at the Valley View School. One of the things that impresses me the most about the school is that although they are very empathetic and understanding of the boy’s needs and difficulties, they don’t encourage using those difficulties as excuses for abdicating personal responsibility and self-efficacy. It is this balance between supportive interventions and high expectations that I think is one of the school’s greatest strengths.
I have also found that the structured environment helps create an atmosphere where the expectations for the boys are clear and designed to convey the sense of security and stability.
It is this combination of a holistic understanding of the boys, that includes sensitivity to their emotional needs, an appreciation and treatment for their diagnoses, as well as the consistent message that we hope and belief in their ability to rise above their difficulties by accepting help when needed and learning to assume personal responsibility that is one of the most therapeutic influences the school offers.