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.

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Autism Librarian

Fore!

I just want to say thank you to TASK Sports! I took my son to his first golf class and he seemed to have a really good time. When he got in the car he said that he couldn’t wait for next week. For the father of a kid who says he doesn’t like to do things outside, it’s great to hear.

Yea!

  

Autism Librarian

Autism & hockey, hockey & autism

I can no doubt count on one hand, make that one finger,  the number of times I’ve written about autism and hockey. So here’s number two.

The article is a great article about a hockey player, his wife and their two son’s, one of which is autistic. The article is entitled “With a special needs child to raise, a nomadic hockey life has been tough on Jason Labarbera and his family” by Jason Buckland over at Hockey News.

I even sent it to my brother, whose son plays hockey for the Waterloo Black Hawks and is heading to the University of Denver next year. Go Pioneers!

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Autism Librarian

Looking for a career and then some

Some days my son just surprises me. Today when I asked him what kind of job he might want when he’s older he said a storm chaser. Now I must admit, it surprised me. He’s always liked tornadoes, hurricanes, etc..so I just went with it.

I said you will have to go to school to learn about weather and he still seemed a little interested. So then I said, there’s a program called Succeed over at the University of Missouri-St. Louis where he could go. It’s designed for kids like him. So now I’m thinking we might be able to get to take a tour of the campus this summer or early next fall.

Then to top this day off, when his sister suddenly became interested in learning tennis just today, he said he had thought about learning tennis a while ago. So I followed up on that conversation too. We’ll see where it goes but, today was definitely a good day!

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

 

Local hockey

Okay, I wasn’t looking to write about hockey tonight but I do admit I love my St. Louis Blues. So when I saw this article in my local paper however, I knew there’s no time like the present to start. The article, entitled “Player with Down syndrome uses hockey to improve life skills” by over at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, is about a young man with Downs Syndrome who plays hockey.

All I can add is Go Daniel and his team, the Gateway Locomotives! FYI, here’s a link to they’re website. Oh yea, Go Blues too!

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian