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New Focus Academy’s Holiday Gift Guide for Teens on the Spectrum

By The New Focus Team | December 6, 2018 | Comments Off on New Focus Academy’s Holiday Gift Guide for Teens on the Spectrum

New Focus Academy’s Holiday Gift Guide for Teens on the Spectrum     While the holidays can be a celebratory and social time for families with teens on the spectrum, it can also be a time of stress and meltdowns for families. It is important to keep in mind what the holidays truly mean for…

Teens with traumatic brain injury at risk for future issues

By The New Focus Team | November 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Teens with traumatic brain injury at risk for future issues
teen with traumatic brain injury

Although it is widely known that boxers and football players have an increased incidence of traumatic brain injury due to the nature of the sport they’re playing, it is a little-known fact that the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in children is also traumatic brain injury. And the rates have only gone up in…

Let’s Talk About It: Social Communication Disorder

By The New Focus Team | July 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It: Social Communication Disorder

  Social communication disorder “SCD” affects adolescents both inside and outside the classroom. SCD can make it extremely difficult for adolescents to navigate social situations on a daily basis. Learning the basic rules of conversation is a much more extensive and challenging process. Some things that feel natural or like common knowledge to us can…

Let’s get emotional: Helping autistic teens manage their emotions

By The New Focus Team | July 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Let’s get emotional: Helping autistic teens manage their emotions

Did you know humans have six basic emotions? Happiness, surprise, sadness, anger, fear, and disgust. From the day we are born we immediately began learning how to express these emotions and identify them in others. Autistic teens may find it more difficult to understand and express these emotions. Social interaction and quickly become overwhelming and…

Take Control: Learning Disabilities Don’t Have To Control Your Child

By The New Focus Team | July 16, 2018 | Comments Off on Take Control: Learning Disabilities Don’t Have To Control Your Child

Do you worry about your child who has a diagnosed learning disability? Well, you’re not alone. Many parents worry about their child’s ability to cope with their diagnosis in the school and real-world setting. It’s natural to want your child to achieve academic excellence and success, but remember that’s not the main goal in life.…

Declaring their Independence: Teens with Autism

By The New Focus Team | June 29, 2018 | Comments Off on Declaring their Independence: Teens with Autism

The teenage years become the years in which your teen has a burning desire to assert their independence. They are constantly pursuing reasons to confidently assure you that they don’t need your help. This desire is no different with teens who struggle with autism. Autism is a spectrum disorder and the level of independence a…

Researchers Are Closer to Understanding the Causes of Autism

By The New Focus Team | March 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Researchers Are Closer to Understanding the Causes of Autism

The causes of autism still haven’t been fully discovered. Until we understand it what exactly causes it, it’ll be hard to offer the best possible treatment to individuals on the spectrum. The more we know about the causes, the more we know about how it works and how we can help. Every time new research…