Elan School was a very controversial behavior modification program in Poland, Androscoggin County, Maine. The children who were sent there were "classified as Emotionally Disturbed, Learning Disabled (mild to moderate), Other Health Impaired or who exhibit disruptive behaviors associated with ADHD and/or Oppositional Defiant Disorder." The school prides itself in having counselors trained in the use of "physical restraints" and does not believe in the use of medication claiming,"Providing Life Skills Through Education and Compassion Without Medication." The "graduates" of Elan, eventually got the program shut down, much like the "graduates" of Straight, Inc started in Saint Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida did.
The poor children that were "educated" at Elan School were sent there with "ADHD and/or Oppositional Defiant Disorder" and then given controversial "confrontational" therapy, without the use of medication per their own website. This of course was very detrimental to patients that were treated there who had underlying chemical imbalances in the brain. The worst part of the whole program is that they hired some of the "graduates" of the Elan program as councilors to perpetuate the cycle of vicious behavior modification without the use of medication that does not treat the underlying causes of their problems, very dangerous indeed.
The graduates of Elan School appear to be roughly categorized into the categories of:
1.) Activists determined to shut down any similar programs
2.) In jail or dead
3.) People emotionally scared by their ordeal, but afraid to talk about it being afraid that they may be sent back to a similar program.
4.) Apologetic graduates that may have had severe mental problems that needed medical attention, but were not given it and are afraid to speak out against the atrocities they received for fear of retribution.
Official School Website: http://www.elanschool.com
Website outlining the abuses at Elan: http://www.elanschool.org/
Book written about the abuses of Elan: http://www.amazon.com/Life-Gone-Awry-Story-School/dp/1927044111/ref=sr_1...