WHO WE HELP: BOYS PROGRAM

HELPING SUPPORT NEURODIVERGENT ADOLESCENT BOYS

New Focus Academy employs evidence-based therapy to help adolescents struggling with a range of neurodivergent issues. We combine those therapeutic practices with one-on-one coaching and an empathetic approach to give students agency and more ability to thrive.

Admissions Criteria

This program is designed to help young people who meet the following initial criteria:

Ages 12-18
Education Level Between 6-12 Grade
IQ of at least 75 (Lower scores can be considered upon additional review)

Plan

We meet with students and their families to identify each child’s unique needs and abilities. Our team develops a plan with evidence-based techniques to help each student utilize their strengths in addressing their challenges.

Purpose

When teens feel more capable and prepared to manage the world, they become happier, more socially engaged, and motivated to manage their lives. We help teens discover how their distinctive gifts can build skills to develop a purpose-filled life.

Admissions Criteria

The ultimate goal for every student at New Focus is gaining independence. Our dedicated team empowers each student to develop important life skills. Students then build confidence and motivation to continue with their growing process.

STUDENT PROFILE

At New Focus Academy, we assist students with a variety of cognitive, social, and emotional struggles affecting their ability to manage their interpersonal and daily life. We know a student is more than a diagnosis, but here are some labels typically associated with our students:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (High to Moderate functioning)
  • Attention Disorders (ADHD, ADD, etc.)
  • Executive Functioning Deficits
  • Learning Disorders
  • Low Working Memory
  • Low Processing Speed
  • Nonverbal Learning Deficits
  • Prenatal Substance Exposure (fetal alcohol, etc.)
  • Social Pragmatic Communication Disorders
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries

COMMON STRUGGLES

Our students also typically have other personal struggles as a result of their limitations. These include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Dependence on Electronics (phones, internet, video games, etc.)
  • Difficulty Controlling Anger
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Oppositional Behaviors
  • Panic Attacks
  • Self-Harm
  • Social Withdrawal

EXCLUSIONARY CRITERIA

New Focus Academy is tailored to a specific type of student, therefore we may not be able to support students which struggle with:

  • Sexually predatory behavior
  • Intentionally violent, aggressive behavior

If your child struggles with these issues, we can help refer you to other facilities and professional services.

Let’s start planning your child’s successful future.

HELPING BOYS GAIN INDEPENDENCE

Parents of children on the spectrum or with other neurodevelopmental challenges may worry that their child will struggle to develop life skills. New Focus Academy provides a supportive environment for adolescent boys to gain the skills needed to live independent, successful lives. We work with students on building relationships, understanding and expressing their needs appropriately and practicing self-care. Small class sizes help boys improve their academic performance and assist them in meeting their educational goals.

Learning and practicing life skills is at the core of our programming. We help your child learn the basics of independent living including nutrition, self-care and hygiene, vocational skills, and personal safety. Each student will have specific goals in these areas as they work through the program.

STUDENTS WE SERVE

Below are representative profiles of the type of students that attend New Focus Academy.

George, 17
George struggles with depression, anxiety, obsessive thoughts and some compulsions. More recently, under significant distress he is showing a poor sense of reality related to believing he can go to M.I.T. even though he is easily overwhelmed and has had declining grades and being sure many people dislike or hate him though this doesn’t seem true in many cases. Once a week therapy has shown little effect, and he has begun refusing to go to school. He has yelled at family members when confronted, but he is most often isolating.

For help determining if New Focus Academy is the right fit,

please contact us at (844) 313-6749.

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