Welcome to our newest blog series, Meet the NDFYA Team. Each month, we'll be featuring a team member who is dedicated to helping young adults achieve the goal of independent living.
It’s four in the morning, long before most people are willing to roll out of bed. Dark and very quiet. And Brandon, a young man with autism who loves running, is beaming with happiness and excitement. Because it’s the day of Brandon’s Run, a 5K put together by Brandon, NDFYA, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Road Runners Club (GFLRRC).
The use of art therapy is growing. In fact, we use it extensively here at NDFYA – our California campus participates in group sessions every Friday afternoon.
Why is this type of therapy becoming prevalent? Because of the benefits associated with it.
As of August 2016, 48 states in the United States have passed ABLE legislation. But what exactly is ABLE, and what benefit does it have for you as a parent?
You’ve seen a change. Your young adult has lost interest in some of his or her favorite hobbies. They are eating too much or you’ve noticed drastic weight loss. Maybe they get tired easily or are suddenly very irritable.
In the California program many students would agree that the Friday afternoon Art group is a highlight of their week. The group is led by Jeanette Durand, a professional artist whose work has been shown in galleries in both the Chicago and San Francisco bay areas.
Recently in one of our art groups, we experimented with inkblots. Students were asked to decide what they saw in each of the abstract images.
If what they saw in the inkblot was pleasant, they personalized it, adding as many details as possible. For example, a student who saw two people dancing might add clothing.
Living on your own is difficult. So is finishing school.
When your child has special needs in addition to what’s being faced by all young adults today, those goals can seem impossible. As the digital age progresses, though, we are getting more than vivid TV screens or faster Internet speeds.
Because of his or her special needs, you weren’t sure if college was possible for your young adult child. But now that your family is considering it, you’re not sure if you should inform the school of your child’s disability.