Golfing

So tonight I don’t really have an article, just an experience. Back in June, my son participated in a golf class with a local group called TASK . A really good group that my son enjoys very much.

Tonight he started another golf class with the group St. Louis Arc . The only difference between the two is that the second class is held on an actual golf course, where they play a few holes each week and then in the middle of August, they play an actual tournament which consist of nine holes.

Anyway, it was good to see my son get some actual exercise with other adults. I also can’t wait for the tournament.  After talking with some of the parents, I can’t wait to play myself.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

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Autism & baseball

As I’ve probably mentioned before, my family’s sport of choice is hockey but when I came across this article on a baseball player who is autistic, I couldn’t pass it up. The article is entitled “Kansas City Royals Signed the First Pro Baseball Play with Autism” by DJ Dunson over at Yahoo. It’s just another example that anything is possible.

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Autism Librarian

Autism & the NHL

So with my family being big hockey fans (in fact, my nephew currently plays for the NCAA Champion University of Denver Pioneers), this article seemed appropriate. It’s entitled “Even Helps Hockey Fans with Autism Prepare for Wild Game” over at CBS Minnesota. My youngest son was even watching the NHL Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks play this afternoon. It really is a family affair here.

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Autism Librarian

 

Special Olympics

This is as easy a post as I’ve ever written. Today I’m posting a video from the ESPY awards. Now I’m not big on awards but this one for Eunice Kennedy Shriver and the Special Olympics hits close to my heart.

The video is entitled “Michelle Obama Honors Eunice Kennedy Shriver at ESPYS 2017” over on YouTube. Ironically, it’s also one of my son’s favorite websites. Everytime I watch it I cry.

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Autism Librarian

 

Friday Night Lights

It’s always good to see when something good happens close to home. This past Friday night, before the high school football game, there was another game. According to the article:

This first event, called Friday Night Lights, brought five dozen students together. Those with disabilities and their siblings paired up with football players and cheerleaders for a game of flag football.

Okay, the last few words were added by me but, the idea and plan of action were all theirs. I only wish my son and I could have gone. Even those he’s a senior, it’s been with his help that we’ve had the opportunity to help educate the school district. One small step at a time.

The article is entitled “Friday Night Lights now means something more at Kirkwood High” by over at the . Friday nights will never be the same here in Kirkwood.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Boundless here at home

To follow up on my post entitled Boundless last week, I came across this article here in my local paper on autism and running over at Washington University. The article is entitled “WashU athletes create running club for children with autism by . I know it’s probably not something my son will participate in, but maybe we’ll find the next Mikey Brannigan right here in St. Louis.

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Autism Librarian

Skateboards & autism

I love it when something that you wouldn’t think would click for someone with autism does. Apparently for the young man in this article and perhaps others, skating boarding is what works for him.

The article entitled “Skateboard Clinic Teaches Kids With Disabilities Life Skills” by Marjorie Kirk courtesy of the  The Sacramento Bee/TNS and Disability Scoop.The program is called SkateMD. As Preston Rogers said “My heart was pounding with happiness.”

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Autism Librarian

Week 4

This sort of feels like a diary but I must confess, it’s a good feeling. Tonight was week four of golf and once again it was fun. It was fun watching my son get the chance to socialize with new friends. From a father’s perspective, it’s also nice to seem him get some exercise.

In honor of the 22nd anniversary of my dad’s passing, which is tomorrow, Happy Fathers Day Dad! I know he would be proud of both his grandson and me.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian