When Canyon returned to Boys and Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley- Lunda Center, he was struggling with emotional regulation and member-to-member relationships. His mother’s number became familiar to the staff due to his difficulties and wanting to leave as soon as he got to the Club. They had to have difficult conversations with Canyon’s mother regarding his inability to participate in certain activities due to safety concerns and his behavior toward other members. However, with consistent work from staff, things began to turn around.
Rebekah, the Assistant Director, worked diligently with Canyon, breaking down each behavior to its core. By identifying the root of his nonparticipation and lack of listening to staff, they were able to address overstimulation, which made it hard for him to be present. Emotional regulation was also addressed, and Canyon learned to articulate his feelings and identify them before problems arose. Member-to-member relationships were improved as well, and Canyon learned to leave situations when he began to feel overwhelmed. With the help of staff and his own ideas, Canyon developed a set of tools to manage his emotions.
Canyon’s growth has been remarkable, and staff have noticed significant improvements in his behavior. He is now able to identify and manage his emotions, ask for space when he feels overwhelmed, and build meaningful relationships with his peers. He has also taken on a mentor role with younger members. In that instance, he talked to the younger member and sat with him, sharing that it might not always make sense what the staff is saying, but they do know what they are talking about, ending with a few breathing exercises to calm the member down even more. Canyon has shown accountability for his actions, producing solutions and owning up to his feelings. In April, staff noticed a significant change in Canyon’s attitude towards the club, and he began engaging more with his friends and actively participating in programming.
The growth that Canyon has shown is amazing. He is taking accountability for his actions, producing solutions, and owning up to his feelings.