I have 3 kids. 3 kids means lots of soccer, basketball, t-ball, swimming lessons….. You get the idea. Our kids have participated in all things sports with the exception of our youngest son who is autistic. Every thing I have read and people I have spoken with usually same the same thing. Team sports are very difficult for children with autism. Our youngest definitely falls into this category. Soccer – he could not be a part of the team because he did not understand and want to pass the ball and interact with his teammates. Basketball – the buzzer was way too loud and again the interaction with the teammates. T-ball -never even tried. Swimming – worked a little better but couldn’t keep him paying attention long enough to move beyond the “guppy” level type class. My husband had the idea that this year skiing would be our big gift to the kids.
I have to admit I was a HUGE skeptic. As i hurried around looking for ski socks, gloves, pants, etc. I couldn’t shake the feeling this was going to be a disaster. Especially because Joey has expressed that he only wants to snowboard. When asked, he explained “I am really awesome on the wii”. OK…….. So the husband, brother-in-law, and the kids set off yesterday for their first ski adventure. I am happy to report Joey did amazing. He would only snowboard and lucky for him, his super patient uncle helped him figure it out.
Another small victory in our journey with Joey. When I listen to parents complain about all the different sports they are driving their kids to, instead of being envious because their children have the ability and desire to participate, I can now take comfort that we have found something Joey can do.