Yes, it’s true… Many children with Aspergers Syndrome do experience a certain degree of difficulty when joining in with team sports. Nonetheless this doesn’t mean trying is out the question.
Our children may not be able to overcome autism but they can overcome many of the challenges they face just like you or I they have the capability to go forward and pursue their ambitions and dreams.
Ok, the Little Man isn’t dreaming of becoming a footballer but he has always wanted to be a part of a team and as a 12 year old boy why shouldn’t he be?
I remember the first time little man joined a local team. We had to explain his difficulties to the trainer as he was gobsmacked when little man just walked off the pitch mid game. He shouted… “Oi, where do you think you are going” Little man just turned around and replied “I’m going to the vending machine for a drink” (he had a bit of a fascination with the vending machines back then)! It took some explaining to get him to realise that you can’t just walk of in the middle of a training session or worse still… a game.
He lasted 2 more weeks before deciding it wasn’t for him. He thought the trainer was mean but he was just doing his job. Plus, every time he was tackled for the ball, he would haul abuse at them for cheating or purposely trying to kick him! It was in all honesty a total nightmare.
His that bit older now and fancied another shoot. My stomach flipped with nervous… I didn’t fancy watching him get booted off a team just as he joins it. But then our neighbour the mother of little mans best friend started up her own team. She is fully aware of little mans difficulties when it comes to sport but regardless she gave him that chance to play football.
As I watched him at his first big match a few weeks back I watched with pride. Ok, he did walk off once and almost had a fight with another player on the other team… And yes, yes his a sore loser! But he did it… He played the whole match and left mum feeling proud.