Friendships Grow at SEEDs for Autism

Friendships enrich our lives, make us happy and provide us with a sense of purpose and belonging. At SEEDs for Autism we understand that making friends can be especially difficult for those on the autism spectrum. Our multifaceted program helps participants develop important social skills which empower them to interact with their peers, connect with others and build friendships. Recently, SEEDs participants Daniel N. and Francis decided to go out to lunch together. We asked them to share their experience with us. 

Hello, this is Daniel N. and Francis. We wanted to get together over the break so we exchanged numbers at SEEDs. We texted each other to get together. We went to Farm And Craft for lunch in old town Scottsdale. I (Daniel) ordered grilled chicken salad and Francis ordered the protein pancakes. Francis talked about his L.A. trip and I talked about lightning. We also talked about the weather together. Going out to lunch together made us feel proud and independent. Yes, we would do it again. It was great and enjoyable.

This article was featured in an issue of the SEEDs for Autism Newsletter. If you would like to subscribe and hear more stories from SEEDs participants, please visit our websiteThank you!

Super Mario: 3D All-Stars (Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Super Mario: 3D All-Stars for the Nintendo Switch. This is the second Super Mario All-Stars game to be released.

This Super Mario game consists of three different Super Mario games. These Super Mario games are Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy. Super Mario 64 was originally released for the Nintendo 64, Super Mario Sunshine was originally released for the Nintendo GameCube and Super Mario Galaxy was originally released for the Nintendo Wii.

Super Mario 64 begins with a letter from Princess Peach inviting Mario to come to her castle for a cake she has baked for him. When he arrives, Mario discovers that Bowser has invaded the castle and imprisoned the princess and her servants within it using the power of the castle’s 120 Power Stars. Many of the castle’s paintings are portals to other worlds, in which Bowser’s minions keep watch over the stars. Mario explores the castle for these portals to enter the worlds, recover the stars and ultimately save Princess Peach “again”.

Super Mario Sunshine takes place on the tropical resort of Isle Delfino, which is shaped like a dolphin and comprises ten primary locations. In Super Mario Sunshine, Mario sets out for Isle Delfino for a vacation with Princess Peach, her long-time steward Toadsworth, and several other Toads. Upon their arrival, they discover that the once-pristine island has been polluted and plastered with graffiti. As a result of this pollution, sun-shaped objects called “Shine Sprites”, the island’s sources of power, have disappeared, and the island is covered in a perpetual shadow. To help with cleaning the airstrip, Mario finds a Flash Liquidizer Ultra Dousing Device or F.L.U.D.D., a powerful water cannon which is toted like a backpack and is created by Professor E. Gadd. Mario defeats a giant slime covered Piranha Plant and restores the airstrip, but he becomes the chief suspect of polluting Isle Delfino. Despite Peach’s objections, Mario is convicted and sentenced to clean up the graffiti and recover the Shine Sprites. The next morning, Mario begins his efforts to restore peace to Isle Delfino, track down the real criminal, and clear his name.

In Super Mario Galaxy, The centennial Star Festival is held to watch a comet in the Mushroom Kingdom. On the night of the Star Festival, Princess Peach discovers a star-shaped creature called a Luma and invites Mario to come to the festival to see the Luma she discovered. Just as Mario arrives at the town, Bowser invades the Mushroom Kingdom in a fleet of airships. He invites Peach to his creation of his galaxy and removes Peach’s castle from its foundations using a giant flying saucer, and lifts it into outer space. Kamek, one of Bowser’s minions, launches Mario, who tried to rescue Princess Peach, into space and onto a small planet with his magic while the Luma escapes from her hands. On the planet, he wakes up after being knocked unconscious and meets the Luma which Peach found earlier, along with the space Princess Rosalina and her star-shaped companions, the Lumas. Rosalina describes herself as a watcher of the stars who uses the Comet Observatory to travel across the universe. However, Bowser has stolen all of the Power Stars that act as the Observatory’s power source, rendering it immobile. Bestowed with the power to travel through space through one of the Lumas, Mario sets off on a journey across the universe to reclaim the Power Stars and restore power to Rosalina’s observatory.

In conclusion, I believe this All-Stars collection of Super Mario games to be a mystical, magical and remarkable successor to the previous Super Mario: All-Stars game that was for the Super Nintendo. But if I were in fact Mario himself, I would find this game to be a 110% perfect description of Mario’s classic phrase “Mamma Mia”.

Talia’s New Job

Developing job skills is a vital part of our program at SEEDs for Autism. Our dedicated staff work closely with our participants to help them create resumes, fill out job applications and prepare for interviews through a series of role plays. These talented individuals are capable, employable and excited to become a valued part of the work force!
Please join us in congratulating Talia on her new job at The Mellow Mushroom!

TALIA
I got a new job at the Mellow Mushroom. Danny (Social Skills Instructor) helped me practice interview skills. He helped me make a resume. My job is unloading the dishwasher and putting away the dishes on Sunday and Monday. I’m feeling excited and scared and I feel very proud.

This article was featured in an issue of the SEEDs for Autism Newsletter. If you would like to subscribe and hear more stories from SEEDs participants, please visit our websiteThank you!

Mega Man Zero/ZX Collection (Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Mega Man Zero/ZX Collection for the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. This is the fifth Mega Man game in the Mega Man: Legacy Collection series.

This game is composed of six different Mega Man games. The first four games are Mega Man Zero 1, 2, 3 and 4. The other two games are Mega Man ZX and its sequel Mega Man ZX: Advent.

In Mega Man Zero 1: Over a century after Sigma‘s defeat in the Mega Man X series, a new government called Neo Arcadia was formed to maintain peace. The leaders of Neo Arcadia began hunting down Reploids unjustly labeling them as Mavericks. Now the only hope for the Reploid is a legendary Reploid: the Red Hero that is named Zero. Feeling that the Reploids were being wrongly accused, Ciel flees from Neo Arcadia and creates a Resistance against Neo Arcadia.

In Mega Man Zero 2: One year has passed since Zero defeated Copy X. He has since spent his time wandering the desert defeating wave after wave of Pantheons.

In Mega Man Zero 3: Two months after the events of Mega Man Zero 2, a spaceship that crashed only recently emits energy similar to the Dark Elf. Zero, Ciel and a pair of Resistance members set out to investigate.

In Mega Man Zero 4: Even with the death of Omega in the last game, Dr. Weil is still the undisputed leader of Neo Arcadia. With his iron fisted rule, both humans and Reploids alike are now under oppression.

In Mega Man ZX: The game takes place on a technologically advanced world centuries after Mega Man Zero 4. Humans and Reploids now coexist peacefully, both treated as humans due to the new laws.

In Mega Man ZX! Advent: This game takes place years after the Biometal Model W incident in the previous game, Mega Man ZX. Hunters roam the ruins looking for lost technology, where wild machines called Mavericks live. The government “Legion” oversees and rules over the majority of the world’s actions, with its controllers being the Masters: Thomas, Albert and Mikhail (a reference to Drs. Thomas Light, Albert Wily and Mikhail Cossack, respectively).

In conclusion, I found this latest addition to the Mega Man Collection series to be futuristically entertaining of sheer chronological proportions.

Nicktoons: Quadrilogy (Review)

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Hello, my name is Charley and I’m here to do a quick review of all 4 Nicktoon “crossover-related” games consisting of Nicktoons Unite, Nicktoons: Battle on Volcano Island, Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots and Nicktoons: Globs of Doom.

Nicktoons Unite was released for Nintendo GameCube and PlayStation 2, Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island was released for Nintendo GameCube and PlayStation 2, Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots was released for Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 2 & Nicktoons: Globs of Doom was released for Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 2.

The main protagonists that are playable are Spongebob Squarepants (Dimension: Bikini Bottom), Danny Phantom (Dimension: Amity Park), Timmy Turner (Dimension: Dimmsdale), Jimmy Neutron (Dimension: Retroville), Patrick Star (Dimension: Bikini Bottom), Sam Manson (Dimension: Amity Park), Sandy Cheeks (Dimension: Bikini Bottom), Tak (Game: Tak and the Power of Juju), Jenny Wakeman aka XJ9 (Series: My Life as a Teenage Robot), GIR (Series: Invader Zim), Stimpy J. Cat (Series: Ren & Stimpy), Rocko (Series: Rocko’s Modern Life) and Zim (Series: Invader Zim).

The main antagonists are Vlad Plasmius (Dimension: Amity Park), Sheldon J. Plankton (Dimension: Bikini Bottom), Denzel Crocker (Dimension: Dimmsdale) and Professor Finbarr Calamitous (Dimension: Retroville), The Mawgu (Dimension: Volcano Island), Dib Membrane (Series: Invader Zim), Tlaloc (Game: Tak and the Power of Juju), Technus (Dimension: Amity Park) and Beautiful Gorgeous (Dimension: Retroville).

In conclusion, I found these 4 games to be the ultimate collaboration of Nicktoon franchises to be featured together via gaming consoles. Truly, it’s without a doubt the perfect exclamation of comical humor.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: Movie Review

The first Iron Man movie introduced an organization called The Ten Rings, not only that their presence was in Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King and Ant-Man. 

We were asking ourselves…who’s the Mandarin, what are the Ten Rings. in this movie: we finally learn the backstory of the Ten Rings’ history and the one who founded the organization, he’s been called by different names…including the Mandarin and his family.

I really enjoyed the movie Shang-Chi, it’s fun, action-packed, the choreography looks amazing and more.

The cast were great: Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Meng’er Zhang, Tony Leung, Michelle Yeoh, Sir Ben Kingsley, Fala Chen, Florian Munteanu and special appearance by Wong from Doctor Strange: Benedict Wong.

I give this movie B+…10/10

By Angel

A Trip to Denver and What I Learned by Francis

Denver city guide | Colorado, The USA, North America - Lonely Planet

During my trip to Denver in July I learned a lot

1. How to be flexible with travel: We had to sit on the tarmac for 45mins because of wildfires near Denver.
2. How to be busy: My sister made sure I was busy everyday and got to ride the Georgetown loop railroad. It’s a nice ride but you have to go over a 75 ft. tall bridge called the Devils Gate Viaduct. Then you climb as well – you go from 8,000 to 9,000 ft above sea level. 
3. How to deal with the unknown: One night when I was with my sister we had a power outage and dealt with some big thunderstorms. 
So all in all it was a good trip. I suggest Denver to anyone who wants to see the mountains. 

The Hobbit: The Prelude to The Lord of the Rings (Review)

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Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review The Hobbit: The Prelude to The Lord of the Rings for the Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo Gamecube and the PlayStation 2.

The game is a licensed adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien‘s 1937 novel The Hobbit, and has no relationship with the Peter Jackson-directed The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. At the time, Vivendi, in partnership with Tolkien Enterprises, held the rights to the video game adaptations of Tolkien’s literary works, whilst Electronic Arts held the rights to the video game adaptations of the New Line Cinema films. The game sticks very closely to the plot of the novel, although it does feature some minor characters not found in Tolkien’s original.

The only character that’s playable in this game is Bilbo Baggins of the Shire (Weapons: Throwing Stones/Bilbo’s Walking Stick/Bilbo’s Elvish Blade! Sting).

The main cast of characters are

Gandalf the Grey (Weapons: Staff/Gandalf’s Elvish Blade! Glamdring the Foehammer),

Gollum,

The 3 Trolls: Tom/Bert/William,

The Dwarven Company: Dwalin/Balin/Kili/Fili/Oin/Gloin/Dori/Nori/Ori/Bifur/Bofur/Bombur,
Bard of Lake-Town,

Thranduil Greenleaf! Elven King of Mirkwood Forest,

Smaug the Dragon (Fire-Drake of the North),

Bolg the Goblin War-Lord and Beorn the Skin-Changer (Animal Form: A Ginormous, Black Bear).

The key locations are

The Shire (Hobbiton/Green Dragon Inn),

The Trollshaws,

The Misty Mountains,

The Goblin Tunnels,

Gollum’s Cave,

Mirkwood Forest,

Lake-Town and The Lonely Mountain.

In conclusion, I found this game to showcase the mystical imagination of J. R. R. Tolkien at its most perfect peak in terms of gaming proportions. Thus, I end this article with a Hobbit quote: The road goes ever on and on, Down on the road where it began, How far ahead the road goes on and I must follow it if I can!

The Time I Met Olympic Gold Medalist Jade Carey by Jake M

I don’t know how many people can say they met an Olympic Gold Medalist, but I can. It was a really cool experience that I won’t forget. The Gold Medalist’s name is Jade Carey. She is a gymnast representing the United States and she’s from Arizona. She was a very nice person to meet. I am going to tell you my experience meeting her.

As some of you might already know, I am an employee for the Arizona Diamondbacks. During the different games, the Diamondbacks have ceremonial first pitches, and during an August home game, they had Olympic Gold Medalist Jade Carey throw out the first pitch. I was working my shift that night. During my shift, I decided to go to the spot where Jade was sitting so that I could meet her. I introduced myself and told her that I work for the team. I told her I was impressed with her cartwheel that she performed in the process of throwing out the first pitch. Then I told her she did a good job at the Olympics, and that it was cool having a Gold Medalist that is a resident of Phoenix. After that, I went back to work.

Later in the game, after I finished working, I asked if I could have a picture with her. She said yes. So my mom took a picture of me with Jade. It was a really cool experience all around. It’s a good bonus of working for the Diamondbacks because you never know who you’ll meet.

MARVEL! Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order (Review)

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Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review MARVEL! Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order for the Nintendo Switch. This is the third game in the MARVEL! Ultimate Alliance series and the only one to be put on the Nintendo Switch.

In this game, every hero in the Marvel Universe and certain villains team up to seek out/recover/protect all six Infinity Stones before they end up/fall into the wrong hands.

The Marvel Heroes in this game are

The Guardians of the Galaxy whose members consist of Rocket Raccoon, Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora and Groot,

Spider-Man,

Captain America,

Iron Man (Billionaire/Genius/Armored Avenger),

Hulk,

Thor,

Falcon,

Black Widow,

Scarlet Witch,

The X-Men whose members consists of Wolverine, Colossus, Cyclops, Nightcrawler and Psylocke,

Captain Marvel,

Crystal,

The Defenders whose members consists of Luke Cage, Iron Fist, DareDevil, 

Spider-Man! Miles Morales,

Ms. Marvel,

Spider-Gwen,

Elektra,

Black Panther,

Deadpool,

Doctor Strange,

Ghost Rider,

Venom,

Magneto,

Hawkeye and Wasp

The Marvel Villains you battle against in this game are

The Black Order whose members consists of Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive, Ebony Maw, SuperGiant and Cull Obsidian,

Nebula,

Ronan the Accuser,

Sandman,

Green Goblin,

Electro,

Mysterio,

Doctor Octopus,

Bullseye,

Kingpin,

Loki,

Red Skull,

Hela,

Dormammu,

M.O.D.O.K.,

Klaw,

Maximus the Mad,

Mystique,

Juggernaut,

Ultron,

Ultimo,

Surtur the Fire-Demon,

Thane, and Thanos.

In conclusion, I found this game to be the greatest of the Ultimate Alliance games mostly due to the way the game introduces the characters as well as gives descriptions of them.