Classes have started once again at TFL, and it is getting busy around here.
Since the beginning of August, we have had three new students, one student graduate the program, and we just completed our annual Moab River trip.
This semester is going to be challenging but we are up for it!
In addition to our students who are taking classes at TFL, we also have three students who will be taking classes at DSU this semester.
Another student is still very involved in his apprenticeship gun smithing, and two additional students just begun or will be starting their apprenticeships this next week at GlitchBusters and BusyBusy.
As always, we are very proud of all of our students and the support we receive from parents, guardians, our mentors, and Educational Consultants.
TechieForLife wouldn’t be the same without each of you!
In our Thursday Life Skills class, we’ve been focusing quite a bit on feelings.
WHAT IS A FEELING?- A feeling is a chemical reaction in our brains that sends a vibration to our bodies. Sometimes the brain creates a chemical that feels good and sometimes it send one that doesn’t feel very good. For example, a nervous feeling is often described as a feeling of butterflies in our stomach or as sweaty palms. It’s important to remember that a feeling can never actually hurt us.
AUTO/PILOT- Our brains like to be efficient.They like things to be familiar because it saves energy. It also gives our brains a sense that it can predict the future, have more control and be safe. For example, when we drive the same path to work we don’t have to think very much about it, but when we go a different unfamiliar way we have to concentrate and our brains don’t know what to expect.
CONTROLLING THE EXTERNAL WORLD- Many of us try to feel better by controlling our circumstances that are often completely out of our control. Our brain naturally wants our outside circumstances to change so it doesn’t have to change.
FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE- To create a life we want we must get out of our efficient brain mode and be willing to feel uncomfortable, awkward, nervous, afraid, etc.
FEEL AMAZING- To feel amazing we must be willing to feel uncomfortable long enough to create new brain pathways or new “coding” until that is the new norm and the new comfortable.
True fulfillment and confidence comes from overcoming challenges, learning and progressing.
We can stay miserably comfortable or we can step into the discomfort to progress.
Our ability to grow and develop is directly proportional to our willingness to feel uncomfortable.
Our director, Jason Grygla, presented at the 5th annual Autism Symposium held earlier this week in Park City, UT.
The Autism Symposium was created to bring more awareness to the increasing need of services for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and to facilitate conversations on the most pertinent topics regarding these students and their families.
This symposium highlights top notch treatment approaches and provides insights that continue to aid professionals that serve this population.
Jason’s presentation on “Trends and Initiatives in Transitioning Higher Functioning Autists Into Financial Self-Reliance and Independence” was well received by those in attendance.