What SEEDS means to me

What Seeds means to me

2/16: At the time of writing this I have been working at SEEDS FOR AUTISM for over a year. During this time I’ve come out of my shell a lot. In High School I was always the quiet person in class that wouldn’t talk anyone and no one would even try to talk to me. I did have a couple of friends from Middle and Elementary school that I would hang out with at lunch and on the bus, but we didn’t have any classes together. I secretly felt kind of lonely but was to afraid to actually talk to new people. After I graduated, my family took me to a job/program/school fair where SEEDS had a booth. It seemed interesting, so that summer I signed up for the summer program -and it was a lot of fun. I met some nice people who I became acquaintances with, but I still didn’t feel at home/comfortable yet. Then in December, I joined the official SEEDs program. I was still pretty nervous, until someone who also works at SEEDS said he remembered me from the summer program and welcomed me into the SEEDS family. I felt bad because I didn’t remember him.  After a while though we became good friends and still are. I started talking about similar interests, things that are on my mind, how life is going, and now I have many new friends! Now I feel like I can make friends, share what I have to say, and I am slightly more confident. I am now truly part of the SEEDS family!

5/25: Today I am leaving SEEDS, I still feel the same as I did when I wrote the paragraph above. I am leaving because SEEDS has given me confidence to follow a new opportunity. I will miss all of my friends and all of my instructors very much, but it’s time to move forward with my life, and SEEDS FOR AUTISM has given me the knowledge to do so successfully. I have learned skills and made things here that I never thought I would ever be able to. I am very grateful for SEEDS FOR AUTISM and everyone here for helping me with so much. The only thing I can say now is, thank you!

~Breanna D.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

~Nelson Mandela

Autism In Love Review

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The Autism in Love movie is about two couples and one male autistic young man named Lenny. Lenny was a teenager that got diagnosed at an early age but wasn’t too happy about it because the only support he had was his mother. The couple Lindsey and Dave were in a relationship for many years and didn’t marry for 8 years after that. But Steven and Gita were married for many years until Gita passed away from cancer. Stephen was autistic, and Gita was not but they both loved each other very much. They understood each other and both had redeeming qualities.

Lindsey and Dave were in a relationship and faced problems, but they talked things through when a problem between them occurred. They loved to do things together after Lindsey got home from work. This included watching tv, playing the piano, making dinner, and taking walks in the park. Steven and Gita had their problems too but they were relatively calm about it. Lenny had a lot more problems than both couples had together because he only had his mom to support him. Lenny’s mother wanted to help him but he didn’t want to accept his own problems, and had a hard time understanding how he fit into society.

The challenges that the two couples faced when they were in a relationship varied on what the did together and who they were around. Lindsay and Dave’s challenge was deciding when did they want to get married and would it benefit them in the long run. But Steven and Gita had a relatively calm and peaceful life and didn’t have many challenges because Stephen’s parents were able to help both of them.

The Autism In Love movie told the stories of an autistic couple, a couple with an autistic guy and neurotypical lady and an autistic guy who was not in a relationship. The couple that I related to the most was Lindsay and Dave, but I could also relate to Stephen a little bit. All five had their own problems, but most of them were able to work things out by talking to each other. Lenny wasn’t able to get help for the problems he faced because of how he thought society would treat him if he were in a relationship with someone. What I really liked about the movie was that it had detailed, realistic accounts of people who had autism and how they dealt with relationships on a day-to-day basis.

By Megan H

How to Actively Listen

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The subject I want to talk about is how to actively listen to someone. When you’re engaged with someone, you have to give your full attention to them and ignore anything else that is a distraction. It’s important to actively listen to someone to show your respect to that person. I want to give you 4 steps to help you be an active listener.

There are four steps to actively listen to someone:

The first step in actively listening is to prepare yourself mentally. That means all current thoughts must be gone in order to be ready for the information that you’re about to take in.

The second step is to pay attention. Don’t allow any distractions to get in the way of you and the person talking. Active listening requires your full attention. Here at SEEDs we are learning about actively listening to someone when they’re talking. We learn that you have to ask questions to clarify any information you don’t understand. Also use small nods and positive gestures like, “I got you” or “I see”, that can boost the speaker’s confidence that you are paying attention. Don’t fidget or fiddle around because it can distract the speaker, shows you’re not listening and not respecting that person.

Step three is to allow that person to speak without interruption until they’re finished. Actively listening is critical to people who are in a conversation together. You give and take information that needs to be said and also what is important to either you or that person.

The last step is to give that person feedback and allow time to pass while you think about what you’re going to say to them. It’s necessary give feedback to the other person if they either say your name or nod for your input.

Actively listening is a key part in having a conversation with someone. It shows you want to listen to that person even when there are other people talking outside of your conversation. I hope you have learned a lesson on how to actively listen to someone.

-Megan

How Being at SEEDs has Affected My Job

How Being at SEEDs has Affected My Job

I have been going to SEEDs for about 6 years now, but I have also been working at Frys for almost 7 years. I want to tell you all how being at SEEDs has affected my job at Frys. My position at Fry’s is a courtesy clerk. My job consists of bagging people’s groceries, pushing in carts, putting items away, and helping people put groceries in their car. The following skills at SEEDs have helped me at work significantly.

SEEDs has taught me a lot of skills that have helped me in the workplace. One skill that I have learned here at SEEDs is to stay calm in stressful situations. Another skill is to have a good attitude at work. I have also learned to be more assertive at work. The skills that I have learned at SEEDs have made me a much better employee than I used to be.

For those reading this article and who want a job, here is some advice that might help you: The first is be on time to work. Managers do not like it when you are late on a consistent basis. The second is to pay attention and do what the managers tell you to do and do it well. Another important skill is to have a good attitude when coming into work. If you have a bad attitude, it can affect not only your work, but everyone else at work.

If you take my advice and apply these in the workplace you can be very successful at work. And that is how the skills that I have learned at SEEDs have helped me at work.

-Nate