Karlene is independent and confident!
About a year ago Karlene learned that Sherwood’s Workshop would be closing. Karlene worked at the Workshop for several years and was nervous about what that would mean for her. She decided it was time to get serious about her job search. Karlene worked hard, started taking better care of herself and began following her Employment Specialist’s recommendations which landed her a job at the MOD Pizza in Lake Stevens.
When Karlene started at MOD she had a lot of learning to do. Karlene and her Employment Specialist Katie, practiced opening the napkin holders that were complicated to open, they strategized how to most efficiently refill the cheese and pepper flake shakers and they folded more pizza boxes than they could count. As Karlene practiced her confidence grew and soon could work without the help of Katie, she could do it on her own. That’s what we call success at Sherwood.
But Karlene didn’t stop achieving. She grew more independent and learned how to do additional tasks, Karlene’s manager at MOD took notice and added days to her schedule: Karlene recently earned a bonus check for her hard work.
Mom’s proudest moment so far has been to see Zion finally able to drink out of something other than a bottle, like a straw and open cup.
Zion’s therapist proudly stated, “We wouldn’t see this overall progress if it weren’t for the family participation.” The entire family, including all his brothers and sisters, are active in his therapy sessions and the daily activities that promote continued successful development.
Though Susan has only been at her job for a few months she is treated with respect and dignity. All of the staff know her and welcome her each day she works. Her manager will always make it a point to say hello to her no matter how busy he is. He always tells Susan that she is doing a great job and he appreciates her.
Each shift Susan works she becomes more confident in her tasks and is learning more each day. Susan always greets the seniors as she is working and makes them smile.
Logan has been working with a Sherwood Speech Therapist and graduated therapy in November 2018. Logan’s final speech evaluation showed his superhero determination and growth by his reaching the 50th percentile in language development and also that his vocabulary increased quite a bit!
Speech therapy supported Logan’s growth in his ability to talk, listen and understand others. He can point out and verbally identify just about every image and activity he is prompted to during therapy sessions.