All Kinds of News for December 04, 2019
New Focus Academy (Heber City, UT), a residential treatment program for adolescents ages 12-18, works with students with neurodevelopmental disorders, such as those on the Autism Spectrum, with Attention Disorders (ADHD, ADD, etc.), Executive Functioning Deficits, and Learning Disorders. Executive Director Brandon Parks, PhD., and Admissions Director Marisa Davis have teamed up to launch a podcast reviewing new neurodevelopmental research and how it is applied at the program. Their monthly podcast, Neurodiversity University, is available on Apple Podcast, Spotify, and other streaming platforms.
While many parents are familiar with social and emotional difficulties their child with autism experiences, Brandon Park uses his background in neuropsychology to discuss different functions of the brain and how they play out in real-life settings for teens on the spectrum. Autism is related to difficulties with verbal cognition, visual abilities, processing speed, working memory, reasoning, and executive functioning and how these issues intersect.
“There is a difference between learning the grammar of a language and being able to speak it fluently. Teens with autism are often drawn to the rules of social and emotional learning but struggle with social-emotional fluency in applying these skills,” explains Park. “We work with teens in a group setting to give them a variety of opportunities to practice social and emotional skills.”
The focus of this podcast is to outline step-by-step processes to help teens on the spectrum develop social and emotional skills. This includes increasing their emotional vocabulary and somatic connections to emotional language, understanding relationship dynamics including friendship levels, developing social thinking, and utilizing mirrors to develop social awareness.
New Focus Academy is a therapeutic residential treatment program for adolescent boys ages 12-18 with neurodevelopmental disorders. Located in Heber City, Utah, just outside of Salt Lake City, New Focus Academy prepares struggling teen boys 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.