Autism Program Fosters Healthy Independence In Nebraska Teens
Many students come to New Focus Academy’s autism program believing that they will never be able to build meaningful one-on-one connections with the people that they love and admire. Often, this misconception results from bullying or rejection from their peers. Our students learn to build positive, thriving connections with their families and friends, and to articulate sensible boundaries and expectations for their relationships. Located in Utah, away from your home in Nebraska, New Focus offers a safe environment with none of the doubts and struggles of home.
We do this by emphasizing the Academy’s six core principles for success, which were created by students to build their community:
- Community: Supporting and caring for each other in order to truly better yourself and others.
- Respect: Valuing others’ needs as highly as your own
- Dedication: Being determined to accomplish goals, even in the face of opposition.
- Integrity and Honesty: Doing what you know is right even when no one is looking, this includes honesty.
- Responsibility: Being true to your words and accountable for your actions.
- Gratitude: Being grateful for all the things you have and expressing thankfulness to those who help you.
In addition to interpersonal skills, our evidence-based Brain Training autism program focuses on cognitive development and covers a range of everyday skills, from making confident eye contact and respecting personal space to reading a daily bus schedule and using a computer program.
But learning the principles is only half the journey to independence. In order to fully trust their own abilities, students also need to feel prepared to adapt those principles to fit the situations they may come across in everyday life. By participating in our comprehensive, relationship-based coaching program, students are given the opportunity to practice these essential life skills in a supportive environment. Along with a trained mentor, they build a step-by-step plan to reach their goals, work collaboratively in a team of peers, and share their success with the special people in their lives. The confidence that grows out of this achievement makes a huge difference in our students’ lives.
To learn more about how New Focus Academy’s autism program can develop your child’s confidence and develop a healthy, independent mindset, please contact us today at (844) 313-6749.
Autism Programs Provide Outlet for Nebraska Teens On the Spectrum
Parents of teens with autism often watch their child becomes more and more frustrated by everyday activities and discouraged by social interactions. We can help. New Focus Academy is a full-service autism program for Nebraska teens who struggle with a range of cognitive and emotional limitations.
Although we are located outside Nebraska, we have helped students from across the country grow their confidence.
Many residents enter our autism program believing that they will never achieve any of their goals. We aim to cultivate confidence by practicing important everyday activities and stretching their abilities. Empowerment comes from understanding your body’s strengths and limitations. Throughout their stay, every New Focus Academy student can:
- Engage in daily, age-appropriate exercise sessions
- Participate in adventure programs like rock climbing and hiking
- Share group problem-solving activities that require collaboration and creativity
- Learn basic cycling skills for both exercise and transportation
Working together on these initiatives increases their competence and self-esteem, along with their physical capabilities. As residents learn that they can tackle a climbing wall or challenging group activity, they gain respect for their body.
Learning hard skills is just one part of developing a healthy sense of confidence. That’s why we also use an innovative Animal Stewardship program to teach students about personal relationships. By caring for an animal and cultivating its trust, students uncover valuable lessons about how to set their own boundaries and take responsibility for their actions toward others.
If you’d like to learn more about New Focus Academy’s comprehensive autism program, please contact us at (844) 313-6749.
New Focus Academy helps Nebraska teens struggling with challenges like:
– Social Pragmatic Communication Disorders
– Sensory Issues
– Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
– Traumatic Brain Injuries
– Low Working Memory
– Low Processing Speed
– Social Difficulties
– Academic Difficulties
– Nonverbal Learning Disorder
– Developmental Immaturity
– Academic Failure
– Mood Disorders
Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association:Founded as a support for self-advocacy, this organization provides a variety of services to individuals, parents, and caretakers. It offers one-on-one consultation sessions over the phone, holds monthly support meetings for everyone from young children to independent adults, and hosts a wide-ranging forum for anyone to discuss relevant issues and share helpful information.
Asperger/Autism Network:Created to offer families support during the challenges of raising a child with autism, the AANE provides resources specifically written for parents, grandparents, siblings, and other relatives, as well as guides for specific circumstances. Family members can also register for a variety of coaching events and support groups.
New Focus helps struggling teens from Nebraska
Some examples of cities from Nebraska which may have families who may be interested in New Focus Academy include: Omaha Lincoln Bellevue Grand Island Gretna