Trying New Things

Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.
– Bethany Hamilton

At SEEDs for Autism we empower our participants to step outside of their comfort zones and GROW! Whether it’s learning a new skill, meeting new people or engaging in new experiences – trying new things takes courage. We asked our participants to share their experiences about a time when they did something they were afraid to try and how they felt afterwards. 

JESSICA
The time I went on the Terror Tower ride at California Adventures. I hate falling rides and they scare me so bad and it was also a scary ride as well. But my parents convinced me and I did. Falling was so scary but I did it. Then I went again and now I love it. So my lesson to the world is try something once and if you don’t like it you don’t have to do it again. But if you do, do it.

SONJA
The first time I rode the bus I was not looking forward to it. I wanted to stay home in bed and not go anywhere. Then my dad came with me and after we stepped off the bus I felt like I could breathe again and since then I’ve been taking the bus to my dad’s work.

ERIK
At least 25 years ago, my parents persuaded me to attempt to ride a bicycle for the first time. Naturally, I was nervous and very reluctant to try. I did not get very far on my first attempt. I fell down and got scraped quite a bit. I still get some nasty bruises even today. Over the years, I got better and better at riding my own bike.

MICHAEL S.
I was afraid to take an airplane to Los Angeles. But I did it. It wasn’t that bad because there were two girls on the plane. I’m not afraid of airplanes anymore.

DUSTIN
I was afraid to come to SEEDs but now I am happy to be here.

DANIEL N.
I was afraid to forge metal at SEEDs but I did it anyway and I felt the emotion of pride.

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A Year in Review at SEEDs for Autism

In 2018, SEEDs for Autism instructed, inspired and connected with the community through a series of Creative Workshops and Educational Lectures. We introduced Social Saturday Events where friendships were made, talents were discovered and adults on the autism spectrum gained the confidence to step outside of their comfort zones and GROW. We have added new departments, new products and we are excited to continue our mission with many more opportunities to come in the new year!

My Experience Taking Dial-A-Ride

Developing Life Skills is exceedingly important for young adults on the autism spectrum. Whether it’s preparing our own food, practicing good hygiene or advocating for ourselves – all these practices contribute greatly to our quality of life and sense of independence. At SEEDs for Autism we empower our participants to step outside of their comfort zones and become more self-reliant. Many of our participants have started using public transportation to get to and from SEEDs and inspirational stories like Daniel’s encourage others to take this important step toward independence. 

Hello my name is Daniel N. and I’m going to be writing about my experience taking Dial-A-Ride. Dial-A-Ride has provided me with a sense of independence. The first time I took Dial-A-Ride I had moderate anxiety because I did not know what to expect from them. They have a half hour window until they have to arrive. When they arrive I present my DAR card to the driver and he / she drops me off at Seeds. They are required to sign me in for safety reasons because when I sign in my boss knows I arrived at my destination safely. The bus is usually a van but sometimes they get overloaded with requests. If they are overloaded they will send a taxi as a backup for the main bus, that way I can still get to my destination on time. I would recommend Dial- A-Ride to anybody who needs it.

https://www.valleymetro.org/dial-ride

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!

Working in the Distribution Department at SEEDs

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Working in the Distribution department at SEEDs for Autism provides participants with hands-on experience as they learn a variety of marketable job skills in a real-life business environment. Through the production and sale of our beautifully hand-crafted home and garden products, participants learn how to process payments, fulfill orders, provide excellent customer service, manage inventory and more!

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.

Hunter’s Presentation at SEEDs for Autism

Developing social skills is an important area of focus at SEEDs for Autism and we incorporate practicing these skills into every aspect of our program. Creating power point presentations is a creative way for our participants to build confidence, improve communication skills and inspire others. In this presentation, Hunter speaks to a roomful of his peers on the topic of “Manners”.