Steven came to WCA last year. He was very quiet and shy. He lives with his mom and grandmother and got very little socialization with anyone else since graduating high school. Steven is on the autism spectrum and communication is difficult for him. At first Steven gravitated to the hole punches and paper area where he would create collages with the papers he cut out. He did not engage in any conversations. He kept to himself yet seemed to be happy.
We discovered he liked music because when his favorite songs came on the radio he would go across the room to be near the music and dance. He took his break by himself. He just didn’t want to be around others. After a few months he started moving some of his paper to work in the sewing area. This is a pretty lively group of people. There are lots of conversations going on as well as laughter.
Steven never joined the conversation but he did join in the laughter. A few weeks later Sharen, the WCA instructor, asked Steven if he wanted to learn to sew. He said “yeah”. He has been part of the group ever since. Now when Steven comes in on Mondays he has a seat of his own that he has claimed. Everyone greets him and he responds. He is going on his break with everyone else and sits right in the middle of the crowd. He brings in extra snacks to share. He still goes over by the radio to dance, but now he has friends that go over and dance with him.