Team sports are not for everyone. That doesn’t mean all sports are out. This mom found the perfect outlet for her son with autism – skateboarding. The sport has been so helpful to her son, she started a foundation, A.skate Foundation, that offers skateboarding clinics to children with autism
Skateboarding is considered “cool” for many kids, but for kids with autism, it can also be something more — a therapeutic outlet.
“It’s often really difficult for kids with autism to be part of organized sports,” said Chrys Worley, a West Blocton mom whose 7-year-old son has autism.
Autism, a developmental disability, often affects speech and social interaction. That is one reason skateboarding works well, because the kids can be independent. It’s a sport where uniqueness is celebrated, Worley said.