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Autonomy Development Model

By The New Focus Team | May 20, 2024 | Comments Off on Autonomy Development Model

Our Unique Model for Success on the Spectrum Helping students reach their highest level of autonomy motivated John Webb and Dr. Brandon Park to develop the Autonomy Development Model. The model combines the student’s progression through the stages of autonomy with the treatment team’s changing approach as we work together to increase the student’s autonomy…

Supporting Autonomy and Growth for Teens and Young Adults

By The New Focus Team | April 24, 2024 | Comments Off on Supporting Autonomy and Growth for Teens and Young Adults

New Focus Academy and Life Focus Transitions specialize in supporting the autonomy and growth of students who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or similar neurodevelopmental difficulties.                             Student Profile ASD Level 1 and high level 2 ADHD IQ 80+ Nonverbal Learning Disorder…

Autism and The Neuroverse

By The New Focus Team | April 18, 2024 | Comments Off on Autism and The Neuroverse

Dr. Brandon Park, Neuropsychologist and Founder of New Focus Academy, in collaboration with Alta Swarnes, the academy’s passionate Family Connections Director, proudly announces the debut of their insightful new podcast. This innovative series aims to shed light on autism, neurodiversity, and related co-occurring disorders, merging the latest in neuroscience with genuine family and professional support strategies.…

Individualized Care at New Focus Academy

By The New Focus Team | April 9, 2024 | Comments Off on Individualized Care at New Focus Academy

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

By The New Focus Team | March 29, 2024 | Comments Off on Embracing Community at New Focus Academy

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 Treatment: The benefits of Using Meditation as Medication

By The New Focus Team | October 3, 2022 | Comments Off on ADHD Treatment: The benefits of Using Meditation as Medication
NFA - meditation for ADHD

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…

What TV Gets Right and Wrong About Neurodevelopmental Disorders

By The New Focus Team | October 1, 2022 | Comments Off on What TV Gets Right and Wrong About Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Neurodevelopmental Disorders on tv

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…

New Study Shows the Cons of Typical Schools & Pros of Autism Schools

By The New Focus Team | October 1, 2022 | Comments Off on New Study Shows the Cons of Typical Schools & Pros of Autism Schools
school phobia and autism

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…

What is an Autism School and How Can it Help My Child?

By The New Focus Team | December 13, 2021 | Comments Off on What is an Autism School and How Can it Help My Child?
school phobia and autism

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…

Teens on the Spectrum and School Phobia

By The New Focus Team | October 18, 2021 | Comments Off on Teens on the Spectrum and School Phobia
school phobia and autism

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…