The New Focus Approach

New Focus Academy believes all teens deserve the chance to lead productive, independent lives. Our therapeutic residential program and autism school gives adolescent boys (ages 12-18) struggling with developmental delays a chance to gain the necessary skills to live independently. Through evidence-based methods, immersive experiential activities, and a longer length of stay, our students have the time to grow emotionally and socially while learning and applying valuable life skills.

About Us

New Focus uses an evidence-based, integrative approach in addressing all of our students’ unique needs and abilities.

Improve Independence

Students focus on learning and developing valuable life skills to gain independence after completing the program.

Build Self-Esteem

By taking an active role in becoming more independent, students build confidence and self-esteem as they progress through the program.

Develop Healthy Relationships

Students learn and practice necessary interpersonal skills allowing them to cultivate positive relationships with staff, peers, and community members.


Education & Experiential Learning
At our autism school, students’ unique learning abilities are addressed through individualized education programs. As students work towards graduation, they also learn valuable life and vocational skills preparing them for employment.
Individualized Therapy & Coaching
Treatment addresses each student’s specific needs through goals, objectives, and positive feedback. The coaching team provides support and guidance in a variety of therapeutic settings.
Social Development Groups
Students attend daily groups focused on developing appropriate social skills. These skills are then practiced through experiential activities in the community.
Physical Health & Recreation
Students participate in daily fitness and outdoor recreation activities to promote well-being. Engaging Recreation Therapy experiences teach students to develop a positive, fulfilling leisure lifestyle.
Learning Life Skills
Our students learn important life skills, such as being actively involved in meals. They learn budgeting, planning, preparing, and clean-up, which empowers them to take an active role in nutritional choices.
Focus on Principles, Not Rules
Although rules are important to maintain structure, they are meaningless without an understanding of the principles behind them. Rather than teaching rules, we focus on helping students understand principles and how they can apply them in their everyday life.

The New Focus Approach.


Executive Director / Founder

New Focus Academy’s Executive Director is considered a leading expert with adolescents who have developmental delays. Learn more about what makes Dr. Brandon Park the perfect fit for helping your son reach his motivation and potential.


You may be stressed and feel like it’s a dead end, but your family has options. Your son is capable of being independent and living a full, happy life. We’re ready to help your family move forward.

Program Highlights

Twelve Months Means Success

Our intensive residential program has a minimum stay of twelve months. This gives students the time needed to develop successful habits for personal growth and greater independence.

Innovative Therapies

New Focus’s founder, Dr. Brandon Park, a Clinical Neuropsychologist, reviews each student’s cognitive profile. Then a dedicated multidisciplinary team develops an effective, safe, and clinically sophisticated treatment strategy based on neuroscience and evidence-based practices.

Practical Life Skills

Through groups, classes, and real world experiences, students learn valuable life skills including:

  • Healthy meal planning and preparation
  • Practical job skills and experience
  • Expressing difficult emotions in appropriate ways
  • Forming stable relationships with others

Greater Independence

Teaching independence is the core of New Focus’s program. By teaching students valuable life and social skills, they become more confident and aware of their unique abilities. This confidence allows them to progress towards independence.


One of the unique aspects of New Focus is the Autonomy Development Model. Dr. Park and John Webb designed this model specifically to help students like ours thrive in the real world.