The New Focus Team

Individualized Care at New Focus Academy We are dedicated to providing truly individualized care and tailored experiences for each student. As an autism support program, we focus on supporting each student’s diverse needs, perspectives, and goals.   Our smaller program size plays a pivotal role in creating an intimate and supportive environment. With fewer students, […]

Embracing Community at New Focus Academy Being a part of a community is integral to personal growth. Students at New Focus thrive because they are in an environment where they not only learn but actively contribute to the social fabric around them.   Getting our students out into the community is a deliberate choice. We […]

ADHD makes it difficult to remember things, to focus, and to be attentive for long periods of time. It can be hard watching your child struggle with these challenges. You don’t understand. Your patience runs thin sometimes. It can be frustrating for you, your child, teachers, and peers. No one understands unless they are also […]

Atypical, The Good Doctor, and the new Power Rangers movie: what do they all have in common? They all include a main character on the spectrum. While neurodevelopmental disorders on tv is more inclusive than ever before for autism in the media, some have pointed out that it’s only showing one side of autism. No […]

If you’re the parent of an adolescent on the spectrum, it’s no surprise to you that kids with autism often feel left out in school. They often feel like outcasts, like they don’t fit in–and their neurotypical peers don’t really try to change that. Autism schools–that is schools created specifically to aid students on the […]

Research has indicated that students with autism can make progress on educational and social goals within inclusion classrooms. While both public and autism-focused schools can provide assistance for your child, there are a few important things to consider prior to making the decision of where to enroll your child. According to the National Research Council […]

Being a teenager brings along waves of emotions, puberty, and social desires. School is not only used for education, but is often a playground for peers to experience friendships, break-ups, and the developmental changes of growing up. The need to fit in is on each teen’s mind. During their formative years, adolescents are learning which […]

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) typically results from a harsh or violent blow to the head creating damage to brain cells or tissue.  In mild cases, brain cells may only be affected temporarily, however in more severe cases traumatic brain injury can result in bruising, torn tissues, bleeding, and other physical damage to the brain.  Severe […]

Each and every one of us is unique in our own way.  As the old saying goes, no two brains think alike, which is honestly a good thing!  Every single person has unique brain anatomy, which is a big part of what makes us all individually unique.  Unfortunately, society doesn’t always recognize humans’ innate uniqueness […]

Due to the difficulties socializing for those on the spectrum (ASD), having ASD and anxiety are often two co-occurring issues. Regarding all teens, social anxiety is common as they want to fit in with their peers, but this anxiety is amplified when being on the spectrum. By learning about how these issues function together and […]