All Kinds of News for September 11, 2019
TechieForLife (TFL) a co-ed vocational school with wrap-around career support is taking a new approach to driver's education. As a result, students who might not have otherwise are now getting their driver's licenses and achieving the independence they desire. TechieForLife has found a fun and and safe solution using desert trails just outside of St. George, Utah. TFL students go out on a side-by-side, a 6-person, four wheel drive off-road vehicle. Students take turns driving. Mentor at TFL Eric Sprunt said, "It would be so scary if I had to take some of our students out on regular busy roads. The only way some of them will try driving is out on these trails."
Many neurodiverse young adults, like those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, struggle with getting a driver's license. They often experience heightened anxiety when they get behind a wheel. Typical approaches do not do enough to address this issue. Not only do they need more practice and repetition, but also ways to build their confidence. Now this milestone is achievable.
Then when a student is ready, TFL sends them to Tracy Newby, owner/instructor at TNTdriveschool.com. Tracy says, "The side-by-side is a great way to start practicing driving. The more you practice the better you drive." She commented about one of TFL's students who previously expressed resistance to driving; recently, he completed her program. "He really wanted to drive. His confidence showed and he really stuck with it."
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 at TFL 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.