All Kinds of News for April 09, 2019
TechieForLife (TFL) recently introduced monthly themes as part of new program enhancements for 2019. Following January’s successful theme of “Health and Fitness,” TFL students in February took part in life skill classes and activities associated around “Healthy Relationships.” For neurodiverse young adults, including those on the Autism Spectrum, the path to developing healthy relationships can often include some additional bumps and roadblocks.
Many students coming to TechieForLife have an interest in romantic relationships but have not been able to navigate the dating scene as well as their peers. Some struggle with trying too hard, misreading social cues and others just don’t even know where to start and have given up. For many students, the real work begins with building a healthy relationship with themselves.
With Valentine’s Day in February, the relationship theme was designed to offer students tools and practice in navigating the social nuances helpful in beginning relationships and forming healthy attachments. This also included mentoring in improving grooming, hygiene and image with a style day at the salon and pictures after to add to their dating profiles.
TFL’s special guest speaker, Miss Southern Utah, was a hit. One student shared, “Having Miss Southern Utah come was really cool. I loved how straightforward she was towards us and how easy she made it for us to create ideas for our own dating profiles.” The next week, four girls attending local Dixie State University (DSU) came and sat on a dating panel to answer questions and share their different perspectives.
TFL’s monthly theme culminated with an overnight trip up to Provo to connect with other neurodiverse students. ScenicView Academy graciously hosted several social activities including an ice cream social and lasertag. “It was exciting to see, after some minor hiccups with hygiene and flirting, how confident our students were at their group date this weekend. It was really fun!”
TechieForLife (TFL) is a co-ed, residential postsecondary school with a wrap-around career support program in beautiful St. George, Utah. Students with neurodiverse social, emotional and academic challenges, such as autism, receive mentoring so they can build social connections, confidence and independence. Licensed as a vocational school, TFL offers in-house computer tech training, college or trade school help, apprenticeships, internships and job support for individualized paths forward. At TFL, students have a place to belong and support to succeed.