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New Directions for Young Adults Blog: How to Ask for Workplace Accommodations

How to Ask for Workplace Accommodations Apr 10, 2018

If you or someone you know finds yourself needing specific accommodations in order to properly fulfill the requirements of a job, finding the right way to approach your employer can be tricky. More ...
NDFYA Staff
New Directions for Young Adults Blog: Reading the Warning Signs of Depression

Reading the Warning Signs of Depression Feb 09, 2016

You’ve seen a change. Your young adult has lost interest in some of his or her favorite hobbies. They are eating too much or you’ve noticed drastic weight loss. Maybe they get tired easily or are suddenly very irritable.

New Directions Staff
New Directions for Young Adults Blog: NDFYA California's Friday Art Group

NDFYA California's Friday Art Group Jan 21, 2016

In the California program many students would agree that the Friday afternoon Art group is a highlight of their week. The group is led by Jeanette Durand, a professional artist whose work has been shown in galleries in both the Chicago and San Francisco bay areas.

Dr. Kent Grelling, Ph.D.
New Directions for Young Adults Blog: Join the Fun at Brandonís Run

Join the Fun at Brandonís Run Jan 08, 2016

It’s four in the morning, long before most people are willing to roll out of bed. Dark and very quiet. And Brandon, a young man with autism who loves running, is beaming with happiness and excitement. Because it’s the day of Brandon’s Run, a 5K put together by Brandon, NDFYA, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Road Runners Club (GFLRRC).

Erica Rubin
New Directions for Young Adults Blog: How Our Perceptions Hold Us Back

How Our Perceptions Hold Us Back Nov 23, 2015

Recently in one of our art groups, we experimented with inkblots. Students were asked to decide what they saw in each of the abstract images.

If what they saw in the inkblot was pleasant, they personalized it, adding as many details as possible. For example, a student who saw two people dancing might add clothing.

NDFYA Staff
New Directions for Young Adults Blog: Technology Helpful to Those with Special Needs

Technology Helpful to Those with Special Needs Aug 06, 2015

Living on your own is difficult. So is finishing school.

When your child has special needs in addition to what’s being faced by all young adults today, those goals can seem impossible. As the digital age progresses, though, we are getting more than vivid TV screens or faster Internet speeds.

NDFYA Staff
New Directions for Young Adults Blog: Let Your Young Adult Child Experience Consequences

Let Your Young Adult Child Experience Consequences Aug 03, 2015

As adults, we know there are consequences to our actions. If we don’t pay bills, we lose electricity and water; are charged fees that make it even harder to make the payment; and even lose our vehicles or homes. If we don’t complete our assignments or show up to work late, we lose our jobs and the ability to pay bills and do fun activities.

NDFYA Staff
New Directions for Young Adults Blog: Experiences That Help Your Young Adult Improve Social Skills

Experiences That Help Your Young Adult Improve Social Skills Aug 01, 2015

You worry about your young adult.

It’s difficult to hold on to a job or build new, or maintain current, relationships if your young adult doesn’t know how to interact with people very well. Or, your young adult avoids scenarios where he or she will have to be around people.

NDFYA Staff
New Directions for Young Adults Blog: Could Your Young Adult Have a Mental Disorder

Could Your Young Adult Have a Mental Disorder Jul 31, 2015

You thought all of your children were prepared for adulthood.

Recently, though, you’ve noticed that one of your adult children has changed. Perhaps he or she has always had difficulty with school, maintaining relationships, or deciding on a career, but the problem appears to be worse now. Or, you may be seeing sudden and drastic changes in your young adult’s behavior. Now you’re concerned that this child isn’t as ready for leaving home as you thought.

NDFYA Staff
New Directions for Young Adults Blog: Choosing a College for a Child with Special Needs

Choosing a College for a Child with Special Needs Jul 30, 2015

For many young adults today, education doesn’t end with a high school diploma. The same is true for your child with special needs.

Selecting a college for a student with special needs, though, means you need to look into more than the majors and campus organizations offered. Here are a few other points you should consider to help your young adult find the education that best prepares him or her for a secure, independent life.

NDFYA Staff
New Directions for Young Adults Blog: ADD/ADHD

ADD/ADHD Jul 29, 2015

Your now-adult child may have seemed “normal” while growing up. However, at a point when your young adult should be reaching maturation and becoming ready for independence, he or she seems to have difficulty with learning or holding a job.

NDFYA Staff
New Directions for Young Adults Blog: Finding A Path To Independence

Finding A Path To Independence Jan 01, 2014

One of the biggest challenges that someone who has a child with autism faces is determining how to give them the skills they need to live independently. This process can be incredibly difficult, and ...
New Directions Staff
New Directions for Young Adults Blog: A Mother's Love: Finding My Daughter

A Mother's Love: Finding My Daughter Jan 01, 2014

“I’m very proactive,” Mary Ann, a mother of a student at New Directions For Young Adults. “I want to help my daughter succeed.” This determination to assist her young ...
New Directions Staff
New Directions for Young Adults Blog: Autism Spectrum Disorder: Another Look

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Another Look May 01, 2013

Among serious developmental ailments affecting children and young adults, autism is among the most common, striking about 1 in 110 individuals. The disorder is more prevalent in children than ...
New Directions Staff
New Directions for Young Adults Blog: The Question 'What Is Autism?' Yields Evolving Answers

The Question 'What Is Autism?' Yields Evolving Answers Jan 01, 2013

A recent study reported by the National Institute of Health offered an in-depth examination of the diagnostic history of autism. Raising an autistic child is a job with many huge challenges and many great rewards, but a portrait of another era gives us ample reason to feel encouraged by the swift progress toward more accurate diagnosis and more effective treatment methods that research has led to over the last 50 years.

Dr. Drew Rubin
New Directions for Young Adults Blog: What Happens When Your Kid Has Autism?

What Happens When Your Kid Has Autism? Jan 01, 2013

As a young parent, having your first child can be a very scary and nerve racking experience. Children can be one of life’s greatest joys, and rightfully so. You have hopes and dreams for your ...
Dr. Drew Rubin
New Directions for Young Adults Blog: A New Discovery In The Origin of Autism

A New Discovery In The Origin of Autism Jan 01, 2013

Raising an autistic child can be a challenge. Many people seem to believe that autism is something that develops over time, but new studies show that autism actually develops before birth, and in the ...
Dr. Drew Rubin
New Directions for Young Adults Blog: Coming of Age: Autism and Young Adults

Coming of Age: Autism and Young Adults Jan 01, 2013

For many families with children that have Autism, a new stage of life is about to emerge. According to an article published in the New York Times, titled “A Generation of Autism, Coming of ...
Dr. Drew Rubin
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