Ok well superstar is a bit premature but heck a few years ago I always wondered if Eli would ever be able to participate in a team sport. We were encouraged to get Eli involved in an individual sport so we enrolled him in swimming (which has done a great job with) but soon Eli started asking about soccer and baseball.
Enrolling him in T-ball is just another lesson for parents with children who are on the spectrum. Although Eli has been declassified it was still a worry for us, but as always Eli has jumped at the chance and shown that he is more than capapble of holding his own socially, physically and mentally with all the other kids. In fact, Eli has been more social (I credit Ralph – his SEIT) and Eli’s own desire to have fun and enjoy himself.
So T-Ball started and Eli is doing great. He hits the ball well, catches the ball and can run the bases. You have to see him smile when he plays and it really makes me proud. Today we have a practice where the coaches (of which I am one) will try to get the kids to actually not run from center field to the pitchers mound each time the ball is hit. I equate it to bumblebee soccer. They all just want to be part of the game.
I have to download some pictures and post them. Too funny!
The lesson in this is simple: Never under estimate your child when it comes to social activities and sports. They might just surprise you and you never know if it can be the trigger they need socially.