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What differentiates New Directions from other programs?

New Directions was designed to be a true Multidisciplinary clinical program. All staff meet on a weekly basis to review each client’s progress and goals. As such, all staff members work together to support individual achievement and keep students focused on their goals. Because no two clients have the same needs regardless of clinical diagnosis, a personal clinical/vocation/academic plan is designed and implemented with input from students, parents, and our clinical team.

The New Directions program was designed by Andrew S. Rubin, Ph.D. Dr. Rubin is a clinical psychologist with expertise in working with young adults and Autism Spectrum Disorders (i.e., Autism, Asperger’s, and PDD-NOS). Please see bio page for more info about Dr. Rubin.

What is the typical diagnosis for the students who attend?

New Directions has students/clients with a range of clinical diagnosis. These include individuals with no clinical diagnosis, Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD/ADHD), and general learning disabilities. New Directions also specializes in the treatment of clients with high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) (i.e., Autism, Asperger’s, and PDD-NOS). Please see Dr. Rubin’s biographical information located on our staff page to get more information about his clinical expertise in this area.

What are your rule outs?

We do not accept students with extensive behavioral problems (for example those prone to extreme violence or running away) or individuals with heavy drug abuse.

What types of programs have your present students/clients come from?

Most of our student are referred from educational consultants and come from various locations around the United States. Programs where our students have come from also include Commonwealth Academy in Virginia, Second Nature Wilderness Program (Utah), Hidden Lake Academy in Georgia, The Catalyst program, Four Circles, The Lab School in Washington D.C., Diamond Ranch Acadamy, and the University of Miami Center for Autism.

What is the population of your program?

We currently have 35 students in our program with plans to achieve a maximum enrollment of 45 individuals. One of our founding goals at New Directions was to continually maintain a personalized concierge type service for our clients and we feel that the progress made by our students could potentially be affected if our population grew any higher than 45 individuals.

What is the average length of stay for a typical student?

We have students that come for short-term transitional needs (typically for a 6-month period of time), while others stay longer while completing their academic/vocational endeavors. Some students that have attended since the program’s inception in October 2007 have achieved a relatively independent life. As such, some who are still here are enrolled in our “Step-Down Program” which requires a decreased level of service from the New Directions Program.

What type of client does NOT do well or has been asked to leave?

New Directions seeks students who are trying to find themselves in life or who have specific goals they are trying to achieve. Students who aren’t motivated to succeed and do not have any life goals would likely not do well in our program.

How do you deal with pot or alcohol use that may arise?

Pot or alcohol abuse is dealt with on a case-by-case basis through direct intervention with the student’s mentor and therapist. Dr. Andrew Rubin and Dr. Aaron Tendler, our program’s resident psychiatrist, met while working at Tulane’s University/Charity Hospital Psychiatric Impatient Unit and have extensive experience dealing with drug rehabilitation issues.

Do you create an individualized plan for each client with weekly goals?

All students have weekly schedules and specific goals that are identified on their individual service plan (ISP). Depending on individual needs, some students are provided with weekly checklists posted inside their apartments with daily chores/routines/nutritional guidelines/medication reminders. During every LMS (Life Management Skills) session, an evaluation stating what was accomplished and what still needs to be worked on is completed. In terms of goal-setting, an individualized service plan is created for each student. This ISP lists short and long-term goals for the coming year. These are then reevaluated by our program directors, the students and their parents on an ongoing basis.

How do you know when a client is isolating? Is there a daily check-in?

Student isolation is quickly made apparent to our staff due to the students’ structured and detailed schedules. When a student does not attend their therapy sessions, LMS sessions, tutoring sessions or social activities, an effort is immediately made to get in touch with them. When we don’t see or hear from a client, staff can easily walk over to their apartment as our offices are intentionally and conveniently located within the community (i.e., apartment complex).

What kind of communication is there with the family and who does it?

Formal sit-downs are held with parents at a minimum of two times per year. The staff here generally stays in contact with the parents via phone or email several times per week. We are readily accessible at all times during the day in the event a parent has any concerns. Finally, bi-weekly emails are sent to each parent updating them on their child’s progress. Please note that students are required to sign a release of information form to indicate which persons on the New Directions staff can communicate with others on their behalf.

Where do the students live? How much does it cost?

Students live in a gated apartment complex called The Preserve at Deer Creek, located in Deerfield Beach, FL. Our office is located within the same complex and is conveniently situated around our students’ residences, minutes away. Apartments range in sizes from one (765 sq. ft. – 950 sq. ft.) to three bedrooms (1,250 sq. ft. – 1,500 sq. ft.). Prices change constantly but typically range from $950 - $1500 a month, depending upon the size of the apartment. Utilities are extra. Students usually have the option of rooming with one to two other students within the program which helps off-set the rental costs. Most students live in a two bedroom apartment with two master bedrooms each with their own private bathroom. Washer and dryers are included in all apartments.

Is there someone on duty 24 hours in case of emergency?

Yes, a Resident Assistant is available after hours in case an emergency should occur.

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