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New Perspectives Young Adults

888.859.NPYA(6792)   info@npya.net

Our Student

 

NEURODIVERSITY

At New Perspectives we’ve embraced the term neurodiverse to describe the students we serve. The concept of neurodiversity covers a wide range of neurological differences and can include:

Anxiety

Attention Deficit

Autism Spectrum

Depression

Dyslexia

Non-Verbal Learning

Obsessive Compulsive

Tourette’s

* Other Learning Differences

 

Neurodiversity challenges the idea that there is one normal or healthy type of brain, and refutes past stigmas of being labeled dysfunctional, disordered, or disabled. It implies a mindset that cognitive variations can be valuable forms of diversity which should be recognized and respected.

Embracing neurodiversity means that we see the best in each individual and seek ways to maximize strengths and minimize challenges to encourage success in all areas of their life. Instead of being pressured to always fit other people’s idea of normal, those who are neurodiverse should be encouraged to find their place in the world where they feel they fit.

AREAS OF FOCUS

Due to our highly individualized approach, New Perspectives can meet the needs of a wide range of young adults. Young adults who are a good fit for New Perspectives benefit from support in some of the areas listed below.     

Emotional Wellness

  • Overcoming feelings of depression or hopelessness

  • Coping with anxiety in its many forms

  • Developing tools to manage stress and feeling overwhelmed

  • Increasing frustration tolerance

  • Reducing effects of sensory overload

  • Decreasing rigid or perfectionistic thinking

  • Finding intrinsic motivation

  • Building lifestyle habits to support overall feelings of well-bein

 

Relationships and Connectedness

  • Building a sense of belonging and reducing feelings of loneliness

  • Avoiding physical and emotional isolation

  • Finding and maintaining satisfying friendships

  • Improving family relationships: transitioning to adult child-parent relationship

  • Developing healthy intimacy: dating and sexuality

  • Identifying and utilizing support systems

Independence and Adulting

  • Managing money responsibly

  • Developing tools for executive functioning: planning, organization, follow through, time management, problem solving, impulse control

  • Pursuing interests and recreation in balanced and fulfilling ways

  • Maintaining self-care: diet, nutrition, physical health and hygiene

  • Improving independent living skills: apartment upkeep, cooking, shopping, transportation, etc.

  • Creating balanced living

 

Academic Success

  • Translating academic ability into academic performance

  • Starting or rebooting your university experience

  • Determining an area of study

  • Creating an academic plan

  • Utilizing academic supports

  • Avoiding perfectionism and procrastination

  • Completing high school or GED

  • Choosing the right alternative education options: technical schools, certifications, etc.

Employment and Career Development

  • Exploring career options that match interests and strengths

  • Finding and keeping a satisfying job

  • Developing marketable vocational skills

  • Navigating relationships with supervisors and co-workers

  • Building a resume, interview techniques, and identifying what employers want

  • Gaining experience through internships, volunteerism

 

Whether this is the first experience utilizing outside supports or a transition from a wilderness, residential or psychiatric program, we take pride in being able to match individual with the appropriate amount of structure and support in a more natural environment.

At first glance, some see our model and assume it is only for higher functioning or less clinically complex clients, however, we have found the New Perspectives approach to be effective for individuals with a wide range of abilities, attitudes, and issues. Some of our greatest successes have come as students who were not making progress in more restrictive settings, transferred to New Perspectives where they regained momentum and thrived in our individualized and supportive model.

 

Reasons an individual may not be accepted into New Perspectives include:

  • Currently suicidal

  • Risk of violence toward others

  • Serious pattern substance abuse or dependence

  • Needs requiring 24-hour supervision

 

A Day In The Life