Heidi’s Happenings: Spring fun!

June 21, 2012 by cpehrson

Head shot of Heidi

Heidi Hill is a participant at the Developmental Skills Laboratory (DSL), an adult day program of the CPD. Heidi loves to type and each month she shares the fun activities that are going on at DSL.

 In the month of May, we did many fun activities!
Peacock with feathers splayed

Willow Park Zoo peacock


All of us went to Willow Park Zoo.  As we walked ’round and looked at animals, Heidi’s two eyes looked sharp-right, then upward.  Just ahead of Heidi was a peacock with the longest tail Heidi had ever seen!  Heidi and friends saw other animals, besides that one.

All of us made heart-shaped wreaths for Mother’s Day.  We all told our mothers how much they’re loved and cared for.  We also had a program for our special mothers and made yummy treats for them.  We baked one whole day!  We made treats for them to munch on, and really enjoy.

We went to see this flick about the pirates’ band, and watched this neat flick.  We all munched on one bucket of buttery, yummy popcorn!

We also went by bus and van, down to Logan Lanes to bowl.  Then, we went by bus and van to the library to check out and return books.

We had lots of fun in May!  I can’t wait to tell you about our trip to Hill Airforce Base on June 1st!  We literally ate our lunch under an airplane!!  No kiddin’!  More on that next month!

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Heidi’s Happenings: Spring is here!

May 15, 2012 by cpehrson

photo of egg huntIn April, Heidi and her buds here at the DSL worksite did a lot of fun things!

We went to the movie theater and saw this neat movie about African chimps.  The movie was about a chimp who lost his mother and a male chimp adopted him and took care of him.  We chomped on yummy popcorn with yummy butter on it.  We had a great time!

When the weather got a bit warmer, we all went outside and made bird feeders. This was a really fun and messy activity. We took gooey peanut butter and spread it on selected pine cones and put bird seed on it. We can see some of the birds come and eat the seeds every now and then.

A woman hunts for eggsWe also had volunteers come from the state of Michigan.  They were really nice gals and they helped us dye Easter eggs.  We munched rice crispie treats with them.

We also had a yummy lunch for Easter and had spaghetti, salad, and delicious garlic bread!  After we were all full, we had a great Easter egg hunt!

That just about sums up April here at the DSL worksite!


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Heidi’s Happenings: March Merriment

April 19, 2012 by cpehrson

March was a great month here at the DSL worksite!  We had lots of activities!

Kite flying in a blue sky

        We went kite flying at one field on campus. 

Two people flying kites in a field

Three people on a hill flying kites






We also went by bus to the theater to have yummy, buttery popcorn while we all listened to and watched the movie “The Lorax.”  After that, we thanked those guys for inviting my bus buds to come down and see this flick.

My buds and I traveled by bus to an ice cream shop to have one lick of ice cream.

We went to the Logan Herald Journal and saw how their paper gets printed and put together.  When we got there, we got to see how these giant presses run.  After all of us had gone ahead, we thanked those guys for letting us come to the building.  Then we got loaded on the bus and van to run back here to DSL.

We grabbed what we needed, loaded up and buckled in, on our way home.  We are always very diligent about buckling up tight and low, preferably before we go!

We are excited to do things in April, and are excited that the weather is warming up!


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When children with autism turn 22

April 10, 2012 by cpehrson

In recognition of April’s Autism Awareness Month, the Autism Council of Utah and its partners are hosting a public viewing of the film Autism: Coming of Age, on Wednesday, April 25, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Carmen B. Pingree School for Children with Autism, 780 South Guardsman, Salt Lake City.

As young adults reach age 22, most families want to celebrate. But for families with an autistic child, a 22nd birthday can be a time of great stress.  That’s because some needed services may no longer be available to their child as they “age out” of the system. The one hour film “Autism: Coming of Age” explores the hopes, fears and challenges of parents raising children with autism.

 MassMutual is sponsoring this public television documentary film that provides an honest look at the future facing these families as their children become adults.  In this documentary you’ll see the day-to-day stories of three families and the impact of policies and court decisions. You’ll also hear from parents, advocates and experts who deal with legal issues and love ones.  Topics discussed in this film include:

– Independence
– Financial well-being
– Quality of life
– Employment
– Housing needs
– Education
– Health
– The child’s longevity

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are some of the most complex disabilities that families can face. This documentary is, in part, a follow-up to groundbreaking research from the December 2008 “Easter Seals Living with Autism” study, also co-sponsored by MassMutual, that examined the hopes, fears and challenges of parents raising children with autism. 

To find out other viewing places and times, go to the Utah Education Network web site.

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Heidi’s Happenings: Holiday fun!

December 15, 2011 by cpehrson

Blog writer, Heidi pictured in her wheelchair wearing a green shirt, shoulder length hair, glasses and bright smile, and her friend sitting in a wheelchair with bright red blouse, glasses, and a beautiful smile

Heidi and CJ - all smiles for the holidays!

In November, my buds and I made napkin rings and placemats to prepare for a HUGE feast!  This feast had about most of these yummy foods:  turkey, stuffing, buttery rolls, and pies of all kinds.  There just wasn’t pumpkin pie at the feast, which was strange because, as you know, the Pilgrims had pumpkin pie at the first Thanksgiving!

People sitting at a table eating their Thanksgiving feast,all happy with smiles

Thanksgiving feast at DSL-looks yummy!

We also went to see the movie “Puss in Boots” in November, and it was FUNNY!  That cat could really dance!

We began to practice for our Christmas program on the seventh of December.  We worked very hard and practiced a lot.  We did a very good job!  And Santa even came to our program!

We also have been doing many projects for Christmas.  We wrote letters to Santa and he wrote back to each of us telling us how good we are!

My buds and I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a groovy New Year!

Until next year…

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