All Kinds of News for January 09, 2019
New Focus Academy, a residential treatment program for adolescents ages 12-18 located in Heber City, Utah, works with students with neurodevelopmental disorders, such as those on the Autism Spectrum.
Founder and Executive Director Dr. Brandon Park has over a decade of experience working with students with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families. As a neuropsychologist, Dr. Park is passionate about the importance of using assessment to make changes in the lives of the people he works with, and using those skills to understand the barriers and limitations of the students under his care, as well as predict the heights of their potential.
Dr. Park obtained his Bachelor Degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) in Psychology graduating with Honors. He then continued on at UNLV for his masters and doctoral degrees. During his studies, he was drawn to the significance of the brain and cognitive processes, leading to studying neuropsychology for his Doctoral Degree.
During his internship and post-doctoral studies, Dr. Park worked with a wide array of clients suffering from traumatic brain damage, severe mental illness, fetal alcohol exposure, congenital/developmental disorders, anoxia, and stroke. Through this process and vast amount of experiences, he learned about the power of cognitive rehabilitation, a dynamic field of looking at how to improve brain function, and from this background, Dr. Park went on to create a cognitive training program for 1200 patients at a state hospital.
Through many great opportunities, Dr. Park has developed positive interactive approaches using an understanding of the brain-behavior relationship leading to significant improvements in the students that New Focus Academy works with.
As Dr. Brandon Park states, “The idea for New Focus Academy started almost five years ago while helping a young man with a wonderfully unique brain to understand how great he truly was. His diverse mind saw the world quite differently from most of his peers. As a result, he became entrenched in electronics and video games to avoid dealing with the world and to manage his anxiety. This anxiety wrapped him up throughout his school day as he tried to manage a complex social world, but when he came home the people he trusted the most got the brunt of all of his day’s frustration. His parents truly cared about him but were unable to help this wonderful young man, their child, to find peace and work towards becoming a confident independent person.”
About New Focus Academy
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.