Written by Aaron Ridenour, Psychotherapist
Confidence. Determination. Honor.
Most people probably wouldn’t ever want to experience a two plus hour black belt test. Why would they? It involves a lot of memorization, sweating, breaking boards, fatigue, and at one point or another, someone is trying to punch or kick you in the face. Oh yeah, and while you’re doing this, everyone is watching you--and only you. You are in the spotlight for over two hours. Not exactly anyone’s definition of a good time. Now at this point, if your anxiety isn’t already heightened, let’s throw in another component:
BreeAnna Fletcher, Recreation Therapy Intern
I take a student rock climbing every week. She is getting to a point where the routes she is climbing are really stretching her abilities.
At one point while climbing a difficult route, the student stopped climbing and said, "There's nothing to hold on to." I tried to help her come up with new creative solutions to climb a little higher. This made me think of the empowerment statement, "I can do hard things." She got a little higher on the wall, but when she still struggled she asked to come down.
Ryan Hawks, Creative Development
I’ve walked down the lower hall of ScenicView from the west entrance to the atrium hundreds of times. But other day, around mid afternoon, as I was walking down the left side of the hall, I stopped as I noticed a giant rainbow on the tiled floor 15 feet in front of me. In my 6 years at ScenicView, I don’t recall having seen such a rainbow there before. The spectrum of colors were due to light reflecting from the glass on the second floor within the atrium down the hall.
What surprised me more was when I walked forward several feet and noticed the rainbow was gone. I took several steps back, and sure enough, there it was again. I then took several steps to the right side of the hall and was once again surprised to see the rainbow had yet again disappeared.
Written by Marty Matheson, Executive Director
I love when all of SVA students and staff get together for an activity. I love the Heber Valley Campouts, and love when we are all playing games in the pavilion and when we have our evening programs. I love our clean up/work days - cleaning inside and out of SVA, and at the Hale Theater.
Written by Carolee & Craig, Parents
We have many positive memories at SVA. The first one happened on our first visit with Doug. He met with us, talked about the school, its programs, its purpose, took us on a tour, answered our questions, relieved our concerns, and listened to our sons and their questions. He was patient, positive and encouraging. This was the first time, we as parents, had hope that our boys could have a positive experience and learn the skills they needed in order to reach their potential. We tried at home but some things need to be learned in a different environment. They would have the professional help as well as the peer group experience. We left that first visit with excited boys and with a new hope in our hearts that our sons might have the opportunity to realize their own dreams. It seemed almost too good to be true. It has been an answer to these parents prayers.
What a great start to a month of Autism! Several of our staff had the opportunity to meet Temple Grandin at the Generations Conference in Salt Lake. Temple has been one of the foremost advocates for teaching the public about how autism can change the world and has bettered her life by helping her to see the world different. Thank you for your great example Temple!
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