Private Special Education Schools Designed to Help Teens from Massachusetts Succeed
At New Focus Academy, we believe that success extends outside of the classroom and therefore our academic curriculum extends beyond that of a traditional school. We provide practical learning opportunities with small class sizes and individualized attention, approaches, and strategies. Here is an overview of our academic program:
- Life Skills: This includes important daily skills such as self-assessment, problem solving, decision making, and critical thinking.
- Functional Math: We want math to translate into the real world and we do this by counting money, budgeting, using calendars, and measuring.
- Functional Language Arts: This focuses on applicable skills such as identifying important information, reading instructions and schedule, and using adaptive tools independently.
- Community-Based Living: A cornerstone at New Focus Academy, this includes shopping, time-management, using public transportation, and planning for the unexpected/emergencies
- Social-Emotional Learning: Practiced daily, this covers social skills, social and physical boundaries, emotional regulation skills, internet safety, and job-specific social skills
This comprehensive and holistic curriculum is designed to help students on the spectrum flourish both while at New Focus Academy and after they leave. Our uniquely abled students thrive in this healthy and safe structure while acquiring the necessary skills to gain independence and navigate the world when they move on.
If you think your teen from Massachusetts needs assistance in gaining the necessary social, academic, and life skills to gain confidence and independence, call New Focus Academy at (844) 313-6749 to learn more about how we can help your son. We are passionate about helping every student find success in school and beyond.
Why consider a private special education school for students from Massachusetts?
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 Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts 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
– Social Difficulties
– Nonverbal Learning Disorder
– Sensory Issues
– Developmental Immaturity
– Mood Disorders
– Low Working Memory
– Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
– Social Pragmatic Communication Disorders
– Traumatic Brain Injuries
– Academic Failure
– Academic Difficulties
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.
Needing more support group options? Looking for summer camps or social skills groups in the Northeast? The Autism Project is a supportive and collaborative group of parents, professionals and community members who provide quality support, training, and programming.
New Focus Academy help families from Massachusetts who live in cities like:
Some examples of cities from Massachusetts which may have families who may be interested in New Focus Academy include: Boston Worcester Springfield Lowell Cambridge New Bedford Brockton Quincy Lynn Fall River Newton Somerville Lawrence Waltham Haverhill Malden Medford Taunton Chicopee Weymouth Town Revere Peabody
New Focus Academy helps families from Massachusetts
New Focus Academy helps Massachusetts families from cities and towns like: Weston Wellesley Town of Dover Lincoln Winchester Newton Lexington Belmont Concord Needham
- Teens with FAS: Helping them Achieve IndependenceOver 1 million babies born annually in the United States are exposed to some type of drug, alcohol or tobacco use while in utero. While scientists have long espoused the negative impacts of substance use during pregnancy on infants, a 2008 study found that cocaine, alcohol, marijuana, or tobacco use,... Read more »
- Emotional Difficulties for Children with ASDChildren who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum disorder will experience similar challenges with emotional and social skills. While research indicates that these struggles are linked to a lack of development in certain areas of the brain tied to social-emotional functioning, early detection, and quality intervention can help improve these... Read more »
- Building Confidence In Teens with AutismMany times the labels or preconceived notions that come with an autism diagnosis can make teens feel different or judged. Having a strong sense of self-esteem can help remind teens that they are their own person and that having autism is not the single thing that defines them. Confident teens... Read more »
- Residential Treatment Offers Support to Teens with AutismDeciding how to best provide support to your autistic teen can seem a daunting choice especially when there are so many options and strategies available. If interventions at home have not had the desired success, sending your child to a residential treatment center can have powerful benefits for both your... Read more »
- What Tools Help with Deescalating Angry Outbursts?Many parents of teens are used to the sound of slammed doors or raised voices. Teen boys especially tend to fall back on anger when they are feeling emotionally confused or overwhelmed. Experiencing and expressing a full range of emotions is healthy, and experiencing anger is completely normal. It’s when... Read more »
- Nonverbal Communication in Teens with AutismVerbal communication is something that many of us take for granted. We are used to asking if something is wrong with a friend, or asking a family member what they need. But for some teens with autism, verbal communication can be challenging or nonexistent. Teens with autism may have difficulty... Read more »
- Could a Residential Treatment Center Help Your Teen on the Spectrum?As parents, we want to believe that we can meet all of our teen’s needs at home. But the reality is that some children can actually benefit more from time away from home in a supportive environment where they can work with peers and mental health professionals. What is a Residential... Read more »
- Traumatic Brain Injuries in Teens: After Effects and How You Can HelpIf your teen has suffered a traumatic brain injury, they may appear to look the same on the outside, but inside their brain has undergone massive changes. They may have difficulty moving, speaking, or concentrating, and they might experience lingering physical and emotional symptoms and mood changes. The recovery process... Read more »