New Directions Blog
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 have been lucky enough to welcome a plethora of new local job opportunities. Our young adults on the autism spectrum have been working alongside our Vocational staff to gain interview skills and insights on obtaining and sustaining employment. Our vocational staff have worked diligently to help prepare young adults for these opportunities
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 businesses to adhere a no-contact policy with their clients. These strict measures were made at the federal level to ensure that this virus does not spread. During this time, New Directions for Young Adults has remained an open facility and transitioned into virtual services to maintain the mental health and well-being of
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 transitioning out of a wilderness program or for those who just love the outdoors, physical activity, or just plain old having fun. Since inception, Adventure group has become one of the most popular group activities at New Direction. Recently, our Adventure Group took on Disk Golf at Quiet Waters Park. Everyone was
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 and do something fun. One of my favorite activities that I have participated in was a recent weekend trip to Disney where we visited Animal Kingdom and Volcano Bay Water Park. My favor ite part of Animal Kingdom was getting to ride the Avatar ride which in my opinion was
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 rides included the Millennium Edge and Ride of the Resistance. Others enjoyed the Rock n Rollercoaster and Twilight Zone’s “Tower of Terror.” Although most of this awesome day was spent at the Stars Wars Theme park, Epcot also offered great thrills such as “Mission Space” and “Living with the
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. Direction Therapy treatments are rooted in the latest scientific literature integrating cognitive behavioral therapy, developmental theory, and neuropsychology into an evidenced based treatment approach. The success of the model has widened its scope of use to a broader population of young adults (those with and without developmental delay).
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 and psychiatry, vocational training, academic support services, and life management skill training into a comprehensive service plan. Each client’s Direction Therapy service plan guides services and clinical treatment. This initial plan is developed by our clinical professionals using a combination of current and historical information about the student and family.
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 of experience, kind heart, and determination that I am sure has positively changed the lives of many forever. I so appreciate the time on Friday and all you are doing for Jessica. All the best, JR
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 with Autism also suffer from Anxiety or Depression Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD) Many individuals with autism are first diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. Many who utilize the services in transitional living programs also suffer from co-morbid issues related to anxiety Social Difficulties and or Deficits. Social skill training. Organized social skill training groups can be very helpful for individuals