On Friday we went to job fair with Vanessa. AJ and his class came too. We took the Workability bus to get there. At the job fair we saw people who were trying to hire new employees. They had signs along with people sitting at the tables. Two of the businesses were Walmart and Geico. Of course there were a bunch more. We talked to the businesses and walked around. We were supposed to offer them our resumes. We wore nice clothes so could be professional. We practiced talking to the businesses together. we leaned about asking questions about their jobs. Nathan liked the job fair. Next time, we might try to decide which businesses to talk to beforehand so we have more time while we are there. jocasey dressed like a construction worker. He wore an orange vest and hard hat.
we had to build a tower out of noodles that had to stand all by itself. sometimes the noodles broke. Everyone participated very well, but we didn't communicate as much as we should have. we had two tries but our tower didn't stand either time. next time we need to talk more right from the beginning. maybe we could tie the spaghetti with the green string. If something doesn't work we can try it a different way. we should also have better time management.
Next we went on a treasure hunt. we did much better at that. It was easier. We communicated better than the marshmallow one right from the get go. we fond them all as a team.. It was awesome. we learned that to be a good team you have to have good communication, work together and use everyone's abilities,
Today, we had to work as a team. Nathan had a blindfold, Jocasey couldn't talk, and Tim had to navigate without anyone telling him where the obstacles were. As a team we had to walk around to the kitchen, the lobby, computer lab, and then bock to the classroom.
Nathan : we worked well. It was hard to be guided. It was hard to be blind. It was fun. Like working in a team.
Jocasey : i thought we worked hard. It was hard getting in the places. It was hard because I could not talk but I had to wait for the other people and help them. It was easy because we worked together.
Tim: I do think we worked together but for me the challenge was having Jocasey direct me and Nathan without talking, which I wasn't used to. But we were able to get through it together as a team.
If you are dressing for an interview you would want to dress professionally. that might mean a tie, a button up shirt, and dress pants. also you need to be clean for the interview. you can't smell because otherwise the person who is trying to employ you might not hire you as a potential candidate, depending on what job you want. You have to be on time, treat other people with respect, and can't have a negative attitude. It always has to be a positive attitude in the work place. It always has to be a positive, otherwise you could either get a written warning and if you do the same thing again you could get fired.
we went for direct we clean table chars kitchen we tested markers
UCP is right next door to workability. We cleaned the windows, took the paper out of the box to put in the cabinet, and swept. We collected shredding and recycled the boxes. Each of us did some tasks independently or by ourself. Nathan watered all the plants. Jocasey put all the paper reams away Tim collected shredding from all the offices. we did the recycling as a team. Tim had to carry the boxes on his tray table and held the door open. Jocasey and Nathan broke down the boxes and put them in the bins.
we went to direct. It is a center for people with disabilities. they teach them how to be less dependent on other people and more independent. they learn how to cook. we helped them by cleaning their tables, washing the chairs, stocking their water bottles, and cleaning in the kitchen.
We got the water bottles from the big kitchen. We used Tim's tray table to carry them over to the consumer lounge. We put the water in the refrigerator. This was a good example of team work and using everyone's abilities to help out.
where we went: four places- Book-mans, children's clinic, Ross, and Target.
what we did: plant water, pick up the crayons, give them the paper (coloring sheet), cleaning tables, ask if they want water, crackers, or coffee, check out the books, looked at all the clothes (shirts, pants, shoes, socks), saw a therapy dog
picture of professional clothes:
These clothes (left) would not be okay for a job interview
The Autism Society gives information to families with autism. Autism is a disability that affects the brain. We cleaned the legos. We put them in the bucket to clean for one minute. Then they went in the water bucket. We dried them with rags on the drying mat and then put them back in the bag. we took one break. in the bathroom, Nathan swept, cleaned the sink, cleaned the toilet, and cleaned the mirror. he also wiped down some windows. We also shredded papers but the shredder stopped working so we didn't finish. We have to wear our autism shirts on Mondays when we go there. we have to work hard!
We played water balloons, we threw them at the wall. When they hit the wall they splash everywhere. WE also threw a ball at the wall. It came back.
The water balloons represent when something hard happens and you explode about it. Exploding could be having a melt down or a tantrum or lashing out at other people.
The ball represented resilience which is the ability to bounce back after something hard happens to you. Hard things could be losing somebody in your family, losing a friend, rejection like from a job, getting sick or injured.
When we explode like the water balloon it affects other people too, like how it splashed the people near by. We want to be as resilient as possible and not allow things to make us explode.
We want to be bouncy balls not waterballoons!