Team sports?

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Team sports?
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Wed, 08-25-2010 - 10:26pm
I have a 9 yr old Aspie boy. We feel that exercise and athletics are really important for his health and overall functioning. However like many AS kids, he is NOT athletically inclined. My husband practices some kind of ball sport with him several nights a week and he is certainly "good enough." But when we put him on a team he is so obviously inferior to the other kids it is hard on us and him. That said, we feel like without the regular practice and involvement he will never improve. IT's not that we want or expect him to be an athlete we just want him to get regular exercise and learn to move his body and be a part of a team. But ugh, is it painful to watch. He seems to be indifferent. He will do it if we sign him up, and he doesn't miss it if we don't. I am completely stumped. What do you think? What do you do?
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In reply to: hattieo
Wed, 08-25-2010 - 11:22pm

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In reply to: hattieo
Thu, 08-26-2010 - 4:43am
Our neuropsych suggested less competitive activities like swimming and
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In reply to: hattieo
Thu, 08-26-2010 - 10:22am

In our experience it is bad enough trying to get him to do the compulsory team sports in school. There is no way on earth we would get him to take part in team sports voluntarily. It's just too hard and there's no pleasure in it all for him.


I would ask yourself what it is you are trying to achieve? If it is the exercising aspect, as your neuropsych and others have pointed out, there are far better, easier ways for your DS to exercise.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: hattieo
Thu, 08-26-2010 - 10:51pm

We did t-ball and our son

                                

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Registered: 03-27-2003
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Sat, 08-28-2010 - 10:29pm

We've done karate with my son (ADHD, ODD, and we suspect Aspergers). It's been amazing for him - across the board. He is able to do things (focus, mainly) that a year ago he could not. His program works on social skills, and his whole life, really, and like I said is amazing. Oh, and he is sooooo physically fit right now, it's kind of funny. I joke with my hubby that I'd need to get into shape in order to take karate.

We've thought about swimming, too. He does so much better (mentally, sensory wise) when he swims every day. He doesn't need melatonin to sleep, does better without his other meds, when he gets into the water on a regular basis. It doesn't happen here in the winter, because there just isn't anywhere local to take him to swim.

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Registered: 02-23-2004
In reply to: hattieo
Mon, 08-30-2010 - 2:35pm

I agree with all of the other posts that it's just not worth the stress.

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Registered: 07-24-2010
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Wed, 09-08-2010 - 6:40pm

Hi,



A lot of people think this is crazy, but my son is a competitive cheerleader.