Why consider a private special education school for students from Alaska?
Many parents recognize that a private school could be a more appropriate fit for their child to excel, given that private schools typically provide smaller class sizes with more experiential learning styles. A private special education school takes this one step further, by providing specialized learning approaches specific to the age and academic needs of the population that school works with.
Private special education schools can also work on skill development outside of the typically academic courses: this can include social skills and daily living tasks. Other items may be more cognitive in nature and reach across both social and academic domains: executive functioning development would be an example of this and should be be addressed in an appropriate way at a private special education school.
Because private special education schools are not required to be regulated in Alaska by the state government, some can and do set their own standards for curriculum and special education services provided. This oversight extends to teachers as well: some private special education schools require teacher certification and licensure while others do not.
New Focus Academy is a private special education school that follows Utah Common Core Curriculum with a focus on the Essential Elements. These are specific statements and skills linked to grade-level expectations in college-and-career-readiness standards for individuals with social-cognitive delays or disabilities. Graduates from New Focus Academy receive a high school diploma and for those transitioning onto another school, the credits earned at New Focus Academy can be applicable toward graduation in Alaska as well.
Who does New Focus Academy help?
New Focus Academy helps teens struggling with issues such as the ones listed below:
– Low Processing Speed
– Developmental Immaturity
– Traumatic Brain Injuries
– Social Difficulties
– Sensory Issues
– Academic Difficulties
– Nonverbal Learning Disorder
– Low Working Memory
– Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
– Social Pragmatic Communication Disorders
– Academic Failure
– Mood Disorders
Private Special Education Schools: Real World Solutions for Teens from Alaska
If your teen with autism is struggling socially, academically, and/or in general with daily life, New Focus Academy can help. New Focus Academy, one of the nation’s leading private special education schools for Alaska teens, seeks to create healthy, long term change for their students and families. Students from Alaska will find that New Focus Academy celebrates their unique abilities and strives to support their needs with a consistent and structured program.
By focusing on the whole person, New Focus Academy addresses all of the potential issues that can come up for a teen on the spectrum. This includes social skills development, critical thinking and problem solving skills, and daily living tasks. Our experienced and caring staff guide students with experiential, hands-on, and practical learning experiences. We have created an environment that inspires learning and growth with evidence-based practices. Here are some examples of the evidence-based approaches that we use in our therapeutic programming:
- Motivational Interviewing
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Self-Efficacy Theory
- Resiliency Therapy
- Social-Emotional Fluency
Utilizing our Autonomy Development Model allows us to track progress and helps guide the treatment team to create appropriate and individualized interventions for each student. The goal and end result are students that have autonomy, decision making skills, and an adaptive ability to apply the acquired skills in a variety of settings.
Is your teen from Alaska ready for a different approach and more autonomy? Call New Focus Academy at (844) 313-6749 to share your goals for your sonâs independence and learn how we can help him get there. Our private special education school has an approach that helps each student find practical and real-world success.
Having difficult finding a local provider? Need a local support group? The Autism Society can help with these concerns and more. They has a large online resource database online and is one of the oldest autism advocacy groups. The Autism Society was also instrumental in systemic changes (including developing Section 504, the Developmental Disabilities Act, the Education for All Handicapped Act) and protections for individuals with autism. If you want to become more involved with public policy and legislation related to autism, the Autism Society is a great place to start.
If you are looking for best practices when it comes to Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as resources for families and educators, check out the National Autism Center. The National Autism Center also has a National Standard Project to assist all constituents with using evidence-based interventions for those with ASD.
New Focus Academy help families from Alaska who live in cities like:
Some examples of cities from Alaska which may have families who may be interested in New Focus Academy include: Anchorage
New Focus Academy helps families from Alaska
New Focus Academy helps Alaska families from cities and towns like: Juneau Kodiak Anchorage Lakes Knik-Fairview Palmer Tanaina Wasilla Ketchickan Meadow Lakes
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