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Why is it important to Cooperate?

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”– Helen Keller

Cooperation builds communication skills, boosts self-confidence and teaches us to work together as a team. At SEEDs for Autism, we understand that learning to cooperate with others is an important skill that promotes higher achievement and cultivates positive relationships in all areas of life. We asked SEEDs participants to share their thoughts on this important topic.

CHRIS M.
When you decide to cooperate with another person on a big project, you two are helping each other with putting the finishing touches on that same project. Whenever you see someone in need of getting the job done, you help that someone finish up whatever task they were given. When you are finished with helping that someone with some task, that would make you supportive.

MATTHEW
Sometimes it’s not enough to do something on your own. Maybe it takes more than one person. Maybe you’re stuck in a tight situation and need help. Sometimes the problem can be solved before it even happens. These are only some of the many reasons why cooperation is important in a working environment. It may not always be easy, but it’s worth putting in the effort to get the job done faster and in much better quality. The more times people cooperate, the more they will trust, understand, and rely on each other for help.

BRIANNA
It is important for you to cooperate because when you work together it makes it easier, and not only that, the project can be done a lot faster. When nobody cooperates, it makes the task a lot harder than it needs to be.

SAM
Cooperation is very important because humans are social animals. Without cooperation things like society, languages, and basically everything that makes up our daily lives would not have been created. Some people like to brag about how they never needed help from anyone or say it’s “every man for himself”, but that is never true. They were raised by people who cared for them when they were young, went to schools taught by people who were in turn taught by other people, they eat food bought from stores which were bought from farms, the very concept of buying something came from our society’s decision to place a specific value on pieces of otherwise useless paper. Everyday we cover the weak points of other humans while they help us cover ours, in large ways like with doctors treating patients to small ways like helping someone carry a heavy object. While you do not have to cooperate with everyone, to refuse to ever cooperate is to devalue all the effort put forth by other humans both currently living and in the past.

Gardening Aprons at SEEDs for Autism

GARDENING APRONS!

The Arizona summer is coming to an end and that means it’s time to start planting! To celebrate the start of gardening season, we have selected our beautifully made GARDENING APRONS as our featured product for the month. Sturdy construction with reinforced seams, these practical and stylish aprons have deep pockets for carrying gloves, garden tools and for keeping your phone handy while you work. The short style of our gardening aprons allows for lots of bending and crouching as you pull weeds, plant seeds and create a beautiful display of plants, vegetables or flowers. These hand-crafted aprons are available online and make a perfect gift for the gardener in your life!

SPECIAL ONLINE OFFER
In honor of planting time, we are offering a special discount on our gardening aprons. Just enter the code SEP18 when you make your purchase online and receive $5 off these delightful gardening aprons made with love by the participants at SEEDs for Autism!

Click HERE to start shopping today!


Be sure to visit Summerwinds Nursery for plant purchases, expert gardening advice and many other garden related products and services!

Featured Product: Hand Sewn Bags

The act of sewing teaches calmness, discipline and patience. It improves hand eye coordination, inspires creativity and cultivates emotional well being. A lot of love goes into every single stitch of our hand sewn bags. The high quality work found in these colorful totes is evidence of the focus, determination and skill demonstrated by the talented and dedicated participants at SEEDs for Autism. We are happy to present these colorful items as our featured product for the month of August. 

NATE
Our hand sewn bags are made in the Sewing Department. Being in the Sewing Department is a lot of fun. It can be tough at times especially for me who has issues with fine motor skills. But every time that I am in the Sewing Department I learn and try to get better at it. Our current sewing instructor’s name is Tina and she joined SEEDs about a month ago.

When you buy something from SEEDs not only are you getting a great product, but you are supporting our program as well. Our hand sewn bags are priced at 15 dollars a piece. I hope those that are reading this article will go out and buy our hand sewn bags.

GREAT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

BRIANNA
The colorful, handcrafted bags made at SEEDs make excellent reusable bags! They aren’t wasteful because the bags can be used again and again, unlike plastic bags!

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE USES FOR OUR HAND SEWN BAGS?

TALIA
You can fill it with Groceries. You can use it as a purse or a tote bag to carry books and toys. Pack your jammies and toiletries for an overnight stay.

DANIEL CH
You can carry food, drinks, a water bottle, books, video games or a small watermelon.

You can purchase our hand sewn bags online at our website, on Etsy or at our location!

Making Stuffed Animals at SEEDs for Autism

Sewing teaches calmness, discipline and patience. It improves hand eye coordination, inspires creativity and cultivates emotional well being. At SEEDs for Autism, sewing helps our participants strengthen their ability to remain focused – a highly valued skill which opens the door to employment opportunities which require attention to detail and the ability to stay on task. 

ABOUT THE SEWING DEPARTMENT
by Camille 

Hello my name is Camille and I am going to tell you about the Sewing department at SEEDs. We use a lot of materials such as thread, fabrics, and polyester fiber stuffing. We use tools like sewing machines, needles, pins, scissors, and measuring tape.

At SEEDS, sewing helps make me focused so I don’t make mistakes. But sometimes, the flat iron can get loud and distracting so I use my coping skills, and remain on task. The instructor teaches me safety skills on the flat iron so I don’t get hurt. It is important to work slowly and to not touch a hot surface and to respect the equipment. We make many beautiful products in the sewing department like  produce bags, aprons, and hand-sewn pouches.

At SEEDs, we also make stuffed animals. I like making stuffed toys because they are so cute, soft, and they make me happy.

This is how we make stuffed animals:

  1. Design the animal by drawing the animal on paper.
  2. Cut out the shape so you have 2 pieces of fabric.
  3. Sew the 2 pieces together, use sewing machine, but leave a little space to put in the stuffing.
  4. Put the stuffing into the plush toy.
  5. Sew the hole closed by hand.

Children cuddle them and we sell them to raise money for SEEDS.

The dinosaurs are my favorite.

In conclusion, I like working in the sewing department because it makes me feel positive and productive.

How does it feel when someone buys one of the products you made at Seeds?

When you purchase an item from SEEDs for Autism, you are not just getting a hand-crafted, high quality product- you are investing in the lives of our participants! In addition to teaching job skills, life skills and social skills, our unique program also gives young adults on the autism spectrum a sense of purpose, a feeling of accomplishment and a boost of self-confidence knowing they are a valuable part of our team. SEEDs participants pour a lot of love, skill and hand work into every item they create. We asked a group of these talented young adults to share their thoughts on how it feels when someone buys one of the products they made.

JEFF

I feel happy when one of the products I made gets sold. The reason is that it means my work is appreciated and that I’m needed to provide necessary products for the customers.

SYDNEY

When someone buys one of the products I made, it makes me feel happy because it helps Seeds get more funding.

BRIAN T.

I feel excited when people buy the products that I make at Seeds.

BRIANNA

When someone buys the products that I make, it makes me feel really excited that someone is proud of my hard work, and they’re going out of their way to buy it.

ERIK

I feel proud and satisfied with my work.

CAMILLE

It makes me feel good because it helps SEEDS for Autism and supports our program. It makes me feel positive and it is very uplifting.

MATTHEW

It feels satisfying to know my hard work has helped attract customers and made money for SEEDs.

KYLE

It really makes me feel like an accomplished artist.

 

 

Featured Product: Sunny Citrus Goat Milk Soap

Our Home Essentials department is a favorite with the participants at SEEDs for Autism. This is because of the wonderful scent of soap being made! Our Sunny Citrus Goat Milk soap captures the fresh scent of bright summer days filled with uplifting, invigorating citrus! We asked SEEDs participants to write about this wonderful item which we have selected as our featured product for July!

HOW DO WE MAKE SUNNY CITRUS GOAT MILK SOAP?

Camille
We make Sunny Citrus goat milk soap by using all natural ingredients like goat’s milk, citrus scenting oil, and yellow Brazilian clay.

Matthew
Our soaps are carefully made with all-natural ingredients as a learning experience for people with disabilities to learn about working in an environment for making and selling products.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF GOAT MILK SOAP?

Camille
Goat milk soap is good for your skin, it’s all natural, and it has a lot of vitamins. Goat’s milk soap keeps your skin moisturized and it won’t dry out your skin. It’s good for people with sensitive skin.

Matthew
Goat milk soap is useful for dry or sensitive skin, or other conditions. It’s perfect to keep skin healthy.

8 REASONS TO BUY SUNNY CITRUS GOAT MILK SOAP
by Justin M. and Sonja

  1. It smells like oranges
  2. You will smell like summer
  3. All natural ingredients
  4. Handmade by students at SEEDs
  5. Supports our program
  6. Great way to start the day smelling good
  7. Feels refreshing
  8. Makes skin clean and soft

You can purchase our Sunny Citrus Goat Milk Soap at the SEEDs for Autism boutique or visit our online store. Click HERE to start shopping and help support this life-changing program!