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 imagine that is fair to say that given the right environment, a young adult with Austim’s vocational success, and potentially a fruitful and productive life, is strongly related to the “goodness of fit” with their individual strengths and work environment. For example, one could say it may not be

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 (  Having done this kind of work for many years, I would like to share with you a few things that I have learned along the way: Quite often young adults who are feeling stuck and are living at home, want to live an independent life away from their parents. They see their peers going to

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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 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

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 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

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 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

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

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 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

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 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