Amber Lynn Stoppel, Case Manager
I started working with a particular student about a year and a half ago. I had been told by his previous Case Manager that he stays out of trouble and goes to work and class, but doesn't utilize a lot of ScenicView resources and doesn't come to much programming. He has been living at ScenicView for a long time and despite amazing work with his multiple teams at ScenicView, has had very little internal motivation to move out. When I first spoke with this student about moving out, he responded with something to the effect of, "Why would I leave ScenicView, the rent here is great and I get food here for cheap. Unless I can find something out there for the same price, I don't see why I should leave." After working with the student and the rest of his team we slowly got him to understand why staying was not only not an option, but also not helpful to him.
The past several months have been extremely busy for ScenicView Academy is we work toward better connecting to the community. Take a look at the list below– it’s quite amazing:
On May 2nd, 2016, the Salt Lake Public Library hosted a showing of Losing Ground, followed by a panel discussion. Both the movie and the panel included a strong ScenicView angle. Losing Ground is a short documentary film by Shannalee Otanez about how families access services for their children with Autism. The film explores the experiences, hardships, and celebrations families encounter as they advocate for their children, and takes a look at the long-term outcomes that face adults on the spectrum. The film features an interview with Dr. Temple Grandin, but a much longer interview with ScenicView’s own Taylor Luna, who powerfully shares her personal journey with ASD, and her struggles to receive diagnosis and treatment. She also speaks at length about how much ScenicView Academy has helped her, and several SVA students make non-speaking appearances. After the film, Taylor participated in the panel discussion with parents from the film as well as local service providers including SVA’s Director of Education, Jared Stewart. She did a tremendous job fielding questions from the audience, and representing herself and the school. Below is the trailer for the film, and you can listen to Taylor's radio appearance here.
Joe A. : "I remember mostly Ryan Hawks' crazy antics at Heber valley. Every Heber valley was amazing due to wonderful planning done by recreation therapy. I remember one Heber valley trip we arrived and there was a lot of extra wood around the campsite so we each picked up the longest stick we could find and started quoting lord of the rings saying: YOU SHALL NOT PASS! I will never forget that."