How does Discovery Academy serve students with special needs?

Neurodiverse people have neural pathways different from those around them. These differences are not necessarily disabilities, but they can hinder students in many aspects of their lives. These differences often make life challenging for these unique teens.

Here at Discovery Academy, we believe that every teen needs support and understanding to thrive, whether that teen is neurodiverse or not. However, neurodiverse teens think and act differently from most people.

Therefore, they may find it especially difficult to have these complex, rule-oriented needs met. Even if a neurodiverse teen grows up in a compassionate and loving family, the teen may struggle to understand their place in the world. Within most traditional communities, neurodiverse teens are different in ways that complicate their lives and create challenges within their families.

At Discovery Academy, we have a team of caring professionals dedicated to understanding and serving a neurodiverse population. Therefore, their differences are not treated as disabilities but as deficits that can be changed into strengths.

Instead, the people who work most closely with neurodiverse teens recognize that their unique perspectives are meaningful and valuable. Teens and their families learn how to recognize each teen's unique needs and treat them as individuals.

Teens and their families learn how to ensure these unique needs are successfully met to learn how to survive and eventually how to thrive.

What does neurodiverse mean?

Neurodiversity can come in a variety of different forms. These learning differences may include Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum (ASD), Non-verbal Learning (NLD), Depression, and Anxiety, among others. Many students who come to Discovery Academy have multiple co-occurring issues.

Because neurodiverse teens often experience multiple, co-occurring challenges, teens may struggle at home and in a traditional classroom setting. Discovery Academy identifies each student's unique needs and helps teens learn how to meet them.

Learning how to recognize and accommodate each teen's specific challenges and needs helps them find their own pathway to success.

What makes Discovery Academy's program for neurodiverse teens unique?

There are six main columns to the treatment program for teens.

Relational Dynamics

You have no doubt watched your teen struggle to make his way through the social world. Neurodiverse teens have multiple significant challenges that make everyday social interaction a challenge.

Discovery Academy uses a relationship-focused approach to help teens like yours learn how to build healthy relationships. The relationship-focused approach uses mentor support to build and enhance healthy attachments.

At every professional level, teens are guided to develop healthier relationships. In turn, teens become more motivated to invest more effort into learning healthy social skills.

Understanding Self

The treatment center focuses on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental challenges. Our focus is on skills development using a neurological framework and a trauma-integrated approach. We spend a lot of time teaching and instructing how their unique brains work and why they behave and act in certain ways. This knowledge is helpful and creates a sense of understanding and peace to know they are known by their caregivers.

Our skills-based direction provides tangible direction and clarity for students as they develop and acquire distress tolerance, adaptive functioning, and life skills. In-the-moment coaching provides valuable feedback, helping students develop confidence and setting up an intrinsic success mentality.

Academic Competency

At Discovery Academy, our dedicated teachers will engage with your son on a developmentally appropriate level for his needs. Our students on their developmental level and expand conscientiously from there.

Our treatment professionals can guide your teen to developing new neural pathways. His competency will increase in multiple areas, such as executive functioning, initiation, flexibility, and perseverance.

Life Skills

Life skill development is a step-by-step process. Caring professionals will be available to help your teen each step of the way. Your teen will work side-by-side to help them master daily living skills.

Life skills include essentials such as personal hygiene and complex, challenging skills such as learning employment skills. By developing these skills, Discovery Academy helps teens live productive and satisfying lives.

Emotional Stability

As they learn, practice, and master their specific emotional regulatory skills. Each young man in our program can receive proper attention, care, and treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Validating Insight

Academic opportunities are personalized and customized to the specific needs of each student. These unique and often gifted neurodiverse students have embraced our blended learning system and have flourished due to the success of mastery, personalized attention, and daily socialization with their peers.


Many young men who come to Discovery Academy's program have faced challenges at local schools or other placements. Discovery Academy can provide support and understanding for the challenges that neurodiverse students face.

Students have the support of their therapists, teachers, and our caring staff members. Each member of the student's support team works hard to develop meaningful relationships with students.

Multiple issues complicate life for neurodiverse teens like yours. At Discovery Academy, teachers, therapists, and other trained professionals understand finding the right approach to the learning process can forever influence the young lives entrusted to our care.

Discovery Academy provides young men with neurological differences the individualized support that they need to thrive. The program focuses on identifying each young man's unique challenges and needs. The experienced professionals at Discovery Academy find ways to address each student's unique needs, have the needs met, and help them find the pathway to success.