Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs

This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 15, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 18, diagnosed with Autism/Asperger's/ADHD. It's the ups, the downs, the joys, the sorrows and most importantly, the beauty of living a life less perfect, a life more meaningful.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Track and Field for Weston

The middle school is offering a new after-school sport for students.

Co-ed Track and Field!

A new 6th grade teacher is heading up the sport. He is young and enthusiastic and Weston likes him.

I am meeting next week with the Special Needs Coordinator, Weston's Compass Room teachers and this new coach. We will discuss ways to help make Weston as successful as possible in this new endeavor.

We are hoping to help Weston socialize more appropriately with his peers, to help him make friends and feel more socially connected. In the past, group sports have been difficult for him. In sports like baseball, basketball or soccer, good social skills is a requirement, especially when working together as a team. Since Weston lacked these skills, he was not successful and would come home feeling sad and defeated. He felt like more of an outcast.

Most of these sports were played only by boys, boys like himself with high energy, another difficulty for Weston since he cannot regulate his energy. Being around others who are in high intensity mode just further escalated his lack of emotional control. Meltdowns were frequent.

But this is something different.

The events are individual.
There are many of them, so boredom is kept at a minimum.
It's outside!
There are girls (!) a much lower intensity level and no physical contact.....all good.

Weston is thrilled. As he matures, he is beginning to seek out activities that flow for him, that make him feel good about himself.

"Mum," he said, "I think I am really going to like this."

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

That sounds terrific. I can't wait to hear about his running exploits!

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