New Focus Academy Expands Recreation Programming for Students
New Focus Academy, a therapeutic residential program and specialized school for adolescent boys ages 12-18, has expanded their recreation program for their students. Recreational activities are great for team building and teaching students how to effectively and functionally work in a group. A few examples of activities include skiing, snowshoeing, paddle sports, sailing, mountain biking, and swimming.
Over the winter, students have been alpine skiing and cross country skiing. Students have really enjoyed learning these new skills and are improving each time they practice. Now that ski season is over in Park City, aquatics are going to be the new activity for students to partake in. In the next month, students will also be able to participate in adaptive sports, such as wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby (modified sports for people of different abilities).
Amanda Doherty, Recreation Therapist, discusses the benefits of recreational therapy. “The Recreation Therapy program is so important at New Focus for our boys,” she said. “They love to get out of the house to participate in fun and exciting activities. Pushing the boys outside of their comfort zone also helps them build resiliency.”
Recreational therapy has been proven to increase students’ self-esteem and confidence, as well as fostering a sense of community. There are many physical benefits to recreational therapy as well, such as improved balance, coordination, flexibility, and strength.
New Focus Academy is excited to continue to develop its recreational programming and offer more activities for students to enjoy.
About New Focus Academy
New Focus Academy is a therapeutic residential treatment program for adolescents ages 12-18 with neurodevelopmental challenges. Located in Heber City, Utah, just outside of Salt Lake City, New Focus Academy prepares struggling teens for a purpose-filled, independent life. New Focus Academy creates an environment of success using a positive reinforcement approach and empowering students to take small steps leading to big changes and overall wellness.