Hmmmmm,...so how did basketball go in a typical league with a child on the spectrum with communication disconnects from Apraxia?
Okay,...is the best answer.
I think everyone is glad we participated,
and everyone is very glad the season is over.
Let's just say,...we're not expecting any recruitment calls anytime soon.
Communication was the biggest challenge.
Gyms are LOUD and echoing,
and the sensory overload is over the top,
and that's just for typical kids.
Add in Autism and sprinkle on Apraxia,...and our little guy was lost.
With a child on the spectrum, or rather with our child on the spectrum
you can't speak to them in a vacuum.
If you can't capture our little guy's attention,
get eye contract,
and speak with visual cues,
it's like I.I. hears,
"Isaac go do,...wonk,wonk,wonk,wonk,wonk,...okay?
But hey,...what a little trooper!
Our little guy was ON THE COURT,
tolerating the noise and confusion,
trying his level best to "...be a helper."
Lots and lots of emotional and logistical support was needed for each game.
Big brother manned the goals so our little guy would know where to shoot,
if he got the ball.
Ah,...did our little guy get the ball?
and that's the saddest, although totally realistic lesson I.I. learn,
not everyone will throw you the ball,
or give you a chance,
even if you pass like a pro when you have the ball.
Still,...our little guy's sunshine attitude won him plenty of friends,
and compassionate hearts are to be found in the most unlikely places.
Totally gruff referee,
or a very kind soul?
Everyone needs a helping hand now and then.
Plus this is Isaac we're talking about,...always expect the unexpected.
Last game of the season,
last minute in the game,
and the referee was determined our little guy was going get a chance to shoot.
Now I.I. has a pretty little shot,
and he normally nails the ball,
but not that last game.
Seriously nothing would go in that basket,
not even a free throw with 30 seconds left in the game.
EVERYONE in the gym is screaming,
"Shoot, shoot, shoot Isaac shoot,"
But what was Isaac doing?
Watching the clock.
The last second,
then Isaac turned and nailed that shot,
with the buzzer blaring,
and the crowd going WILD!!!
Such a totally epic sport traditional ending to a game.
I.I. loped off that court with a grin,
he had NO DOUBT,
he'd make that shot.
"I a winner," said Isaac,
not just after this game,
but ALL SEASON.
Nothing is going to change our little guy's mindset,
how he sees himself.
He's a winner,
and best of all,
YOU'RE a winner too!
Now let's recap before we skip off to new adventures,...
Did our little guy have level chance to learn basketball?
No not on a typical team,
even just noncompetitive church ball.
Given the proper time,
and therapy strategies this would have been a very different season.
Communication was everything,
but this was not a therapy situation,
and we're lucky our little guy was even given the 'chance' to participate.
Did Isaac have fun playing basketball?
That's the most important aspect of this rookie season.
For the most part,....it's a huge, YES.
Hello, when is Isaac not happy,
aside from the bewilderment of no one passing him the ball?
Even that unfairness didn't keep him down long.
Let's happily bound up and down that court,
like the little winner he is!
Also our little guy touched a lot of lives,
people, who in April will say,
"Hey I know someone with Autism,...he's totally cool!"
As for next basketball season,
that's waaaaaay down the road,
nothing is off the table for our little guy,
so we'll never say never.
Until we post again,...may God bless and keep you!