Laradon Hall

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  1.  

    More of a holding site than a school

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    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in Denver, CO

    I worked at Laradon Hall full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very friendly co-workers, benefits after 3 months

    Cons

    It was perfectly acceptable for these children to be aggressive towards staff (punching, hitting, grabbing hair), and there were no consequences. It ran more like a babysitting service than a school. There were no real treatment plans that seemed to be followed other than "make it through the day and hope no one gets hurt". These are children that are removed from regular school special ed programs.

    The school was founded as a sort of a vo-tech, giving these children skills that would help them contribute to society. They seem to have lost their way from their original purpose.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be explicit to potential candidates about what the job entails. - not vague "behaviour issues". The "50 pounds of force" one is required to exert (as mentioned in their job ads) are because you will be restraining a growing teenage boy in the midst of a tantrum.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Lost their sense of purpose

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    Current Employee - Staff in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Staff in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Laradon Hall full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Average pay scale- other agencies pay better

    Cons

    Misandristic misogynistic female managers
    Disputatious female staff - highly adversarial
    Minimal support from management
    Conflicts of interest are pervasive
    Not a person centered agency
    Participant legal rights are chronically violated
    No open door policy
    No policy for escalation
    Communications are poor
    An atmosphere of fear and intimidation and retribution exists all all levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address all of the above issues, and implement an open door policy
    Change the culture with a paradigm shift
    Too many Incident Reports could be avoided with simple common sense communications
    Support your staff, employees, and contractors!
    Implement damage control measures to offset lawsuits, bad press, and growing discontentment in the community at large

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Sounds good but NO WAY

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Denver, CO

    I worked at Laradon Hall full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Compensation,Team support, Students , Benefits, schedule

    Cons

    Do not disclose fully what you are required to do...like holding and chasing students down for 8 hours, getting a concussion, bites, attacked because these students are violent. It's sad because some students are really sick not necessarily disabled. 4 out of 5 days sounded like I was in a psyciatric hospital not a school building.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Supportive (director of Education)
    HR bias

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Lots of support staff

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Laradon Hall

    Pros

    large number of support staff
    small class sizes
    great adult:child ratios
    amazing students
    social workers on-site
    fabulous OTs and SLPs
    supportive administration

    Cons

    old building w/institutional feel
    lack of teacher work area (as of yet)
    no staff break room
    odd configuration, with students having to walk through staff areas to get to playground
    playground not equipped for older kids or separate from younger kids
    no on-site lunch options for staff
    kids can be aggressive, due to nature of their disabilities

    Recommends

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