Written by Felicia Nielson, Service Coordinator
Becoming independent with transportation is something that *David has discussed in length with his team since he started SVA. He expressed a desire to be independent in this area but was very resistant to taking the bus. He didn't want to talk about riding the bus with his team and he had a difficult time even discussing what an experience on the bus might involve. Over the past few months we have seen a change in David in this area. When he accepted an internship through Intermountain HealthCare, we explained that he will need to begin taking the bus either to the internship or back to SVA.
Eventually, working up to taking the bus as his only form of transportation to and from his internship. David expressed some resistance but agreed to take the bus with me and practice the route he would be taking. After taking the bus one time with me, David said that he felt confident enough to begin taking the bus to his internship on his own and has done that every day since. His mother was very excited to hear that he took the bus and is beginning to feel confidant with independent transportation. Since beginning as a student at SVA, David has reached goals that he originally didn't think he could reach. With support of staff and his family, he earned his high school diploma, improved work skills enough to be a top candidate for the internship at IHC, and is becoming independent with transportation. He is on his way to graduating from SVA within the year.
*Name has been changed
Written by Ernest Ramos, Employment Case Manager
A student recently had a loved one pass away. She had been stressing about it for several days and the funeral was scheduled in a few days. They also had an encounter with another student at work which stressed her even more. She asked to meet with her team to request some time off because she could not handle going to work in light of all the stress she was going through.
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