What Makes You Feel Proud of Yourself?

Take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go… 

Self esteem is important for GROWTH. Taking pride in our accomplishments shows how far we’ve come and builds enthusiasm for the future! The participants at SEEDs for Autism take great pride in their work, their ability to overcome obstacles, learn new skills and open themselves up to new experiences! Here, we asked some of our participants to share what makes them feel proud of themselves.

ANGEL
What makes me feel proud of myself is that I have overcome my fear and shyness, I socialize with my peers, my family and friends. Sometimes I get shy or another…but I clear my mind and take a deep breath.

ANDY
I do things at Seeds that make me feel proud. Newsletter, Weaving and Spa. I feel proud of the work I do at Seeds.

DUSTIN
I do things at Seeds that make me feel proud, Computers, Newsletter and Culinary. I am proud of the work I do at Seeds.

ETHAN
I feel proud for helping out people with computers and my artwork that I worked so hard on.

RYAN D
I feel proud being happy for what I have in my life.

CADE
There are many things in life that make me proud. I am a runner and I workout on a regular basis. I’m a busy student in college with a lot of engineering labs going on to pursue my future as an engineer. Even though I grew up with autism I was able to graduate from high school with a regular class. I was taught to never give up and always keep trying no matter how many times it takes.

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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!

An Act of Kindness by Anna P

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” – Amelia Earhart


At SEEDs for Autism, we encourage our participants to share their stories. Simple moments we experience can change the way we view the world and help us understand our purpose in life. Here, Anna shares an experience she had at work while helping a customer. It is an inspiration to all of us, and a story worth sharing.

When a person works at a job, like McDonalds or as an accountant at a bank they may think they’re not really helping people in a major way but this is false. One example I have that shows that any job can make a difference happened at Fry’s. I am a courtesy clerk and one of my coworkers told me to help a lady. The lady was blind and had a cane. Because she was blind she couldn’t see where to go to get certain items she needed.

How I helped her was by directing her to go straight, turn backwards or to the side. I was a bit scared helping her though because maybe she wouldn’t know how to maneuver around the store with the directions I gave her. However she did know and I learned more about her as we had a conversation. Where she lived the water was out and she had to ask a neighbor for help. This made me want to help her more because no water in Arizona can lead to health problems and death so I wanted to make sure to give her water. This showed me just how important my job could be.

She used Paratransit and I ran/jogged to make sure the Paratransit was there. I was very focused on making sure she got to the Paratransit because in a way I made a friend when talking and helping her. And friends to me are people who help other people they know. Everything I ever did at Fry’s was worth it because going there on the days scheduled helped me be familiar with my coworkers and the workplace. That helped me find her the items she needed. Best part is the lady gave me a hug making me know that she appreciated me.

Please anyone working at a career they don’t think makes a difference, remember it can. And it’s worth waiting for even at a job you hate.

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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!

Update 4: Sika Senshi Deer Guardian – A New Project by Chris M

Hey SEEDs Bloggers, it’s Chris.

Here is your latest update on how I’m doing on my “Sika Senshi” movie project. I’m starting a new draft of the script from scratch, while Devonte has started working on his own projects. I also have some exciting news: I’ve found an animation studio to pitch my idea to. Sadly I can’t confirm the name yet until my screenplay is ready to go. I wish Devonte the best on his separate projects and you stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.

How Has SEEDs Improved Your Life?

It is so inspirational to watch SEEDs participants as they embrace new experiences, rise up to meet challenges, build friendships, develop life-changing skills and even become role models for their peers! We invited our participants to examine their personal journeys and share stories of the improvement they have seen within themselves since joining our program. 

CHRIS M.
Before I became a participant at SEEDS For Autism, I had a really hard time being patient with other people. Since then, I’ve been doing much better, although I still have room to improve.

When I first moved to Arizona with my parents, we had no one to turn to and we were being misguided. Then we tried out SEEDS. At first, I was getting upset over other participants and how the schedule worked. But, as time passed on I started to relax and I learned a lot about being patient with some of the other participants and I became their friend. I also learned about the classes I take here, such as Newsletter, Ceramics, Weaving and Silk Screening, although I still need to get used to custodial duty at times.

I hope to go further with building my patience with others and I hope they will learn as well. How about you?

FRANCIS
When I started here at SEEDs I did not know what to expect so I listened throughout the day. Very funny, a voice in my head told me to pay attention. Since then I have learned how to use tools in the Wood-Working Dept. I also learned life skills and social skills like how to act appropriately and mature at a job site. We did some role-playing about how a boss would give you instructions and then you get it done.

There are also some people at SEEDs that I have reacquainted with as friends like Matthew, Dustin, and Victor. I am currently working on building new friendships with others. I believe friendships are very important.

CAMILLE 
SEEDs has improved my life because I have made a lot of friends and that makes me happy. I have learned many things at SEEDs like coping skills that help me deal with difficult people without having a meltdown. That makes me more mature, responsible, and I feel more relaxed. I also learned how to make beautiful ceramics and that gives me a good feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment.

ERIK
SEEDs for Autism has made me a better person in many ways. SEEDs has opened my eyes to new methods of creative expression. It allows me to be a more productive member of society. Finally, it improves my social expression abilities.

MICHAEL S.
Seeds has improved my life because I see my friends and learn new things. That makes me happy.

KERI
Seeds has improved my life by helping me be more independent and more confident. My communication skills are better and I feel better about my myself. I have friends here that make me laugh and be happy.

NATHAN B.
Seeds has improved life because now I have more friends. I also have more confidence in myself as well. Before I came to SEEDs I didn’t have many friends. I also didn’t have much confidence in myself. I also didn’t do much but sit at home all day. That is how SEEDs has improved my life. 

ANGEL
When I started SEEDs, I was very nervous, because it was a new chapter for me to learn how to communicate, make eye contact, work with others and more. So now that I returned to SEEDs, I’m still nervous…but I’m controlling my personality. What I improved in my social skills is that I get to talk with the instructors and my peers.

ETHAN
Seeds has provided me a lot of new friends to talk to, and teaches us every morning about life skills.

MICHAEL I
When I first started at SEEDs in June 2017, it was an all-new experience to me, sort of like my elementary and high school days. Since I started, I have reunited with some people I have known since those days. Ever since SEEDs relocated to its current location in October 2017, I met some very interesting people, some of whom have been paired up with me in different departments. All this time I have been coming mainly for the social aspect.

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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 website. Thank you!

New Project Update by Chris M

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Hi there, Blog Readers. I have a special announcement I would like to share with you this week. After a long period of time, I’ve decided to try making comic books as part of SEEDs’ publishing agenda. I already have an idea for my first comic, but it might take time due to developing the artwork. I will share the official first-look in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

WandaVision Review by Sonja

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I recently watched the new Disney Plus show Wanda Vision which sets up two more marvel movies. The show is about how Wanda, after the events of Endgame, became sad after losing Vision to Thanos. She went to a small town called West View New Jersey. I will leave it at that so others can discover the show and enjoy it. I loved the show. The characters were amazing with a few surprises in between. The two leads Wanda and Vision had great chemistry and I can’t wait to see where their characters go in the future. I hope people get a chance to watch it on Disney Plus. 

The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age (Review)

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Hello, my name is Charles, and I’m here to review The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age for the PlayStation 2, Microsoft Xbox and the Nintendo GameCube. This game was first released on November 2, 2004.

In this game, you take control of six warriors as you play through all three Lord of the Rings movies while aiding the Fellowship against the dark forces of Mordor.

The main protagonists are

  • Berethor (Human/Male)(Captain of the Citadel Guard of Gondor)(Weapon: Sword & Shield),
  • Idrial (Elf/Female)(Weapons: Sword/Elven Magic),
  • Elegost (Human/Male)(Dunedain Ranger)(Weapon: Bow & Arrows),
  • Hadhod (Dwarf/Male)(Weapons: Axes & War Hammers),
  • Morwen (Human/Female)(Maiden of Rohan)(Weapon: Dual Rohirrim Battle Axes),
  • Eaoden (Human/Male)(Royal Guard of Rohan/Rohirrim Outrider)(Weapon: Spear.)

The heroes you aid in this game are

  • Gandalf the Grey, 
  • Aranel (Idrial’s brother), 
  • Legolas Greenleaf, 
  • Gimli, 
  • Aragorn, 
  • Faramir, 
  • Gandalf the White, and 
  • Eowyn (Shield Maiden of Rohan.)

In this game, you traverse through nine areas, which are comprised of multiple iconic locations. These areas and locations are

  • Eregion (The Forest Outskirts of Rivendell/The Pass of Caradhras/Weathertop/The Fellowship’s Campsite/Moria’s Western Entrance),
  • Moria: West Side (The Watcher in the Water’s Lair/The Fellowship’s Campsite/Moria’s Mithril Pit/Moria’s Throne Room/Moria’s Hall of Records),
  • Moria: East Side (Balin’s Tomb/Moria’s Burial House/The Bridge of Khazad-Dum),
  • East Emnet Gullies (The Argonath/Rohan’s Outpost),
  • Rohan: Home of the Horse Lords (Edge of Fanghorn Forest/Snowbourne Bridge/Snowbourne Village),
  • Helm’s Deep (The Great Hall/The Deeping Wall/The Main Gate),
  • Osgiliath (The River/The Sewers),
  • Minas Tirith (Courtyard/The 3rd Level’s Gateway/The 7th Level’s Citadel) and
  • The Fields of Pelennor.

The enemies you fight in this game are:

  • Orcs,
  • The Wild Men of Dunland, 
  • Wargs, 
  • Goblins, 
  • Trolls, 
  • Uruk-Hai, 
  • Easterlings from Rhun, and 
  • Mumakil of Harad. 

The antagonists you fight in this game are: 

  • The Watcher in the Water, 
  • The Balrog of Morgoth, 
  • Grima Wormtongue, 
  • Sharku: Orc Warg-Rider Captain, 
  • Gothmog: Orc Army Commander, 
  • The Witch-King of Angmar, 
  • The Nazgul (Ringwraiths), and 
  • Sauron: The Dark Lord of Mordor.

 Throughout the game, Gandalf ‘speaks’ to Berethor by means of “Epic Scenes”; film clips which the player can collect and which feature original narration by Gandalf. These clips give context to much of the plot and serve to offer advice to Berethor of events in the wider world.

In conclusion, I find this game to be a complete anniversary celebration to Middle-Earth’s lore and history as well as to J. R. R. Tolkien’s memory and legacy. Thus, I recommend this game to those who are Middle-Earth fans of RPG (Role Playing Games), Quests and Action/Adventures.

Justice League (The Snyder Cut) First Impressions by Chris M.

Superman. Batman. Wonder Woman. The trinity of DC’s Finest Heroes who would unite the League in their fight for Earth against the malevolent Darkseid and his Apokaliptian forces! But enough about Truth & Justice! This is about filmmaker Zack Snyder’s vision for our favorite superhero team-up, a tonally different picture from 2017’s Justice League movie.

Written by Oscar-nominated Chris Terrio, who also co-wrote J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode 9 from 2019, Mr. Snyder’s version of the JL is ironically the polar opposite of the League we remember from our childhood. No wonder it’s been rated R (yes it’s true) for bloody violence and harsh profanity. One question remains in our minds: is this film supposed to be for us as DC fans or for the filmmakers’ divisive enjoyment?

Well… Okay, Zack Snyder’s Justice League takes place after Superman’s “death” at the end of “Batman VS. Superman Dawn of Justice”. In the aftermath of this tragic event, Batman, or jokingly “Batfleck”, (Ben Affleck) is touched by his former enemy’s sacrifice, even though he was terrible to him beforehand. Unfortunately, Superman’s fall only triggers good news for a greater threat located in the cosmos. Yes, I’m talking about DARKSEID (Ray Porter)!

Apokalips’ sole ruler heard the “bells” of Superman’s death and sends his axe-wielding general and uncle Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds) to go find the three Mother Boxes, a trio of dangerous artifacts that can help their possessors travel across the universe through Boom Tubes and can even locate an even more powerful item that Darkseid has longed to possess… The Anti-Life Equation!

Whoever possesses this force-like power can erase free-will from across the galaxy! Sounds terrifying, right? Now in order to stop Darkseid and Steppenwolf’s invasion, Batman and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) are forced to bring together three other superheroes into their alliance and help protect Earth: The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and depressed former football player-turned robot man, Cyborg (Ray Fisher) who is said to be the heart of the League’s story.

But should the entire alliance fail to save the world, it would become a dreaded “Knightmare” version of itself, ruled by Darkseid’s regime faction and his army of Parademons, who, in this film, are created from mortal beings unfortunate enough to stand in his way. Yeah, it’s scary to think that. The only odd thing I’d find in the “Knightmare” world would be that Batman and his allies must rely on unexpected allies…

Yes, even the Joker (Jared Leto) himself sides with Bats to rise against the Apokalipians in this alternate future.

(Sighs), such liberties you guys take for this.

Honestly, I’m worried over what Zack did to our childhood memories. The original JL was fun, but kind of odd, so I guess this cut will paint a clearer picture than the former, so brace yourselves when it debuts on HBO Max set for March 18th.

Running time? About 240 mins. Wait, what? THAT long?! Oh well. I’ve warned you.

Verdict: 1.9 out of 5

SEEDs Virtual Art Show 5

At SEEDs for Autism we understand that Art is a powerful form of communication. Art increases observation skills and builds confidence as it stirs our imagination, encourages creativity, promotes self-expression and helps us GROW. For the fifth installment of our Virtual Art Show, we once again invited SEEDs participants to share their talents and their artwork with our online audience!

By Sydney L.

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This is a picture of my favorite foods. My favorite foods are apples, oranges, banana & Carrots. I used Paint 3D. I felt great while creating the picture.

By Sonja

Horses by Chris M.

Isometric City by Chris M.

The Batman by Chris
Colored by Libby