A day in the life of DSL

July 3, 2017 by JoLynne Lyon

Marla smiles


Heidi used to give us monthly updates from the Developmental Skills Lab. Then she moved. We miss her, and we’re working on a replacement, but for the time being here’s a look at DSL life in the summer.

It involves a lot of fingernail polish. Marla was grinning while I admired her newly-done manicure. “Beautiful,” she said.


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Marla displays some glittery fingernails.

The DSL common room has  a wall filled with completed puzzles. These are mostly the work of Judy, who loves the art of puzzle assembly. And math. And puzzles. (The photo does not begin to show all the puzzle wall art she has done.)

Photo of Judy in front of puzzles.

Judy sits in front of her work.


Sara reads.

“I like it here,” Sara said. “I like reading. I like doing puzzles. Puzzles and coloring.” She also enjoys her computer time. “Sometimes I check my emails,” she said. When she’s not at DSL, she’s working at Malouf as a janitor. “I like making good friends.”


Reed with a book.

Reed loves Yahtzee. It’s his favorite game.


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Julie works out.

Julie likes art and working out.

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Lupita at work.

Lupita enjoys working on Spanish. “I like to talk to friends,” she said. She also enjoys yoga, push-ups, and swimming.

Stay tuned for more updates from DSL!