Coping with Autism with A-Skate
Posted on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 by Stalker
Autism is an interesting condition. Most people's perception of it (mine included) comes largely from the movie Rain Man, a friend who has an autistic family member, or something similarly distant from any real working knowledge of autism. Looking into more information about autism to write this article, I learned that autism is a disease that affects the person's neurodevelopment. One interesting aspect of autism is that it largely affects a person's social interactions. They're socially deficit and have a hard time interacting with other people.
That being said, Chris Worley and Peter Karvonen from the A-Skate Foundation, a charity organization devoted to introducing skateboarding to autistic kids, came to the Park to host a clinic for any autistic kids interested in coming out. In addition to A-Skate's volunteer staff, we had several SPoT employees come out to lend a hand in helping some disadvantaged kids open up a bit socially. One autistic girl stepped off a board and I asked, "Are you having a good time?" To which she excitedly replied with uncontrollable laughter and giggling. All of the autistic kids we helped were ecstatic as soon as they were guided up and back down a ramp. They opened up to conversation, were genuinely happy, and were overall having a great time.
Chris and Peter have firsthand experience with the difficulties of life with autism. One of Chris' sons has autism. Both of them are passionate about helping people cope with a strange disease for which there is no readily available cure. For more information on how to get involved or to make a very worthwhile donation to a great organization, visit askate.org.
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