Facilitating Independence and Providing Help For Young Adults

The goal of New Directions is to prepare young adults to live independent lives. Our program is comprehensive and client-centered, providing an individualized plan for each client. Support is coordinated using a new multi-disciplinary clinical approach called Direction Therapy. Direction Therapy incorporates educational, vocational, independent living, health, social and recreational goals into one unique comprehensive service plan. New Directions typically supports students with executive functioning deficits and a variety of clinical needs. Participants in the New Directions program are typically working to learn the skills needed to live independently. New Directions is unique among therapeutic programs for young adults, we provide a wide range of services aimed to provide help for young adults in achieving self-sufficiency. Services are regularly tapered to allow clients to exercise the independent living skills they learn. 

New Directions specializes in providing an individually custom, and truly effective experience in transitional living for young adults. New Directions is also among some of best residential mental health facilities, because we custom make each program to suit each young adult. We strive to provide an experience that provides exactly what each young adult needs, and this is one of the qualities that separates us from other young adults independent living programs. We also provide a wide range of services where many other programs like residential treatment programs for depression, or other emotional problems, only focus on treating one or two issues. The end goal at New Directions is to help your young adult achieve a happy independent lifestyle. New Directions understands from experience this is only possible by allowing young adults to apply the tools they learn from our expert clinical staff in a real life settings. Please visit our parent videos page to view to learn more about the results we can offer for your young adult.

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Vocational Placements for Young Adults with Autism: A “Goodness of fit” approach

As a scientific researcher and former poker professional I am careful about making statements and decisions that are not supported by statistical facts. That being said, I would have to

How to help your young adult with Autism transition out of the house and into a life of independence.

In 2007 I established one of the first multi-disciplinary clinical programs specifically designed to support a transition to independence for young adults on the spectrum (www.NDFYA.com).  Having done this kind

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Re-opening America brings exciting new employment opportunities for Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum

Re-opening America brings exciting new employment opportunities for Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum.   With the states across the nation re-opening students here at New Directions for Young Adults

New Directions COVID-19 Update

  COVID-19 New Directions for Young Adults Update Recently, COVID-19, or more commonly known as the Coronavirus, has swept the nation resulting in extensive safety procedures taking place and forcing

Adventure Group

  One of the most popular activities at New Directions for Young Adults is our “Adventure Group.”  This innovative clinical group is a great activity for young adults who are either

New Directions Young Adult Disney Trip

New Directions Young Adult Disney Trip Student Videos New Directions for Young Adults isn’t just a place to get work done; New Directions provides opportunities every day to get out

Amazing Weekend at Disney!

New Directions attended both Hollywood Studios and Epcot parks this past weekend. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the new Hollywood Studios Star Wars theme park “Galaxy Edge.”  Our most favorite

This Student Shares His Achievements at NDFYA

This Student shares his achievements events with those considering joining the New Directions program. Direction Therapy CMT (Coordinated Multi-Disciplinary Treatment) is a clinical intervention designed for young adults with autism.

His Experience With Betterment at NDFYA

This Student shares his experience with personal growth at NDFYA. The Direction Therapy approach helps to prepare young adults for an independent life. It brings together therapeutic services including psychology

Mother shares happiness over recovered daughter

Mother thanks New Directions Staff for their sensitive care

    Jana and Senda, Thank you for being emotionally vested in Jessica and our family.  I imagine the stress of your professions are great.  You both bring a strong base

Top Ten Reasons Spectrum Young Adults seek Transitional Living Programs 

Top Ten Reasons Spectrum Young Adults seek Transitional Living Programs Executive Functioning Deficits This includes difficulties with schedules and homework assignments Depression and/or Anxiety At least 50% percent of individuals

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Family Weekend Brings New Directions Students, Staff, and Parents Together

A Family Event This past weekend, New Directions students, parents/guardians, and staff gathered for a yearly series of events to bring students, staff, and families together.  Family weekend has been

Biofeedback is Instrumental to Addressing Anxiety

Biofeedback is Instrumental to Addressing Anxiety

Many people go to a therapist with goal of talking about their problems, and then feeling less stressed.  But what if there is another way to address these feelings? How

New Directions Clinical Staff Bolsters Knowledge with CBT Training

New Directions Clinical Staff Bolsters Knowledge with CBT Training

Building Skills and Knowledge “A Goal Without a Plan is Just a Wish” is the New Directions motto, and recently, clinical staff had a training in an area of therapy

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Dungeons and Dragons helps with social difficulties

Ask anyone a few decades ago what they thought of Dungeons and Dragons, and you’d probably get a blank stare, or even a negative response.  In that era, role-playing games

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5 Ways you Know a Support Program is Needed for Your Young Adult

Severe escalation: Any problematic behavior by your child has become more intense.  Maybe they used to get angry, but retreat to their room; now they’re punching holes in walls and

New Directions For Young Adults Helps Students Learn Skills

Boca Newspaper By: Ethan A. Pond Lynn University Contributing Writer >> Click here to read the article  

Head Games

Humans have a startling ability to extract meaning from words. For most, a facility with written and spoken language is second nature by adolescence. Reading peopleon the other hand—deciphering the

Parent Acknowledges New Directions staff for Exemplary Performance

Hey Guys  I always only write emails when I need to complain about something, so I thought I would just send a quick note to say thank you for all

Facilitating Transitions for Young Adults

We’ve heard the story many times: a young man or woman has trouble succeeding, and the parents enroll them in a wilderness or residential program.  Through intensive therapy and hard

Parents elated healed young adult

Improving Lives With a New Direction

This parent shares her experience on how New Directions immensely helped her son. Drawing experiences such as her son's improvement in socializing and making meaningful connections with others. Also she

Parent of NDFYA Student Shares Experience to Prospective Parent

 This inquisitive parent decides to ask a current Parent of a New Directions Child about their experience: "Hi, We're looking into the program New Directions for Young Adults out in

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A Life Changing Experience for The Entire Family

In this video, a mother whose son is on the autism spectrum speaks about what the New Directions program experience meant to not just to her son, but to her

New Directions California First Annual Parent’s Day: Earth Day 5k and BBQ

The California team and clients have grown quite a bit in the last year! This year, we held our first annual Parents' Day in order to help keep our families

Healing Impacts of Gardening for Young Adults with ASD

Kim Stoddart published an article in 2016 showcasing how the powerful impact of gardening helped her son diagnosed with ASD blossom. The California team here at New Directions saw the

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