Helping Kids with Autism Learn to Skateboard

Askate_HOVA. Skate Foundation hosts free skateboard clinics across the country for children with autism to help build vestibular, proprioceptive, and motor skills as well as social skills. On Sunday, June 1, 2014, A. Skate took over the House of Vans skate park in Brooklyn, NY. All the  gear and safety equipment are provided for the kids for their one on one skateboarding lesson.

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I was thrilled to see a surplus of volunteers. There was a bunch of skate volunteers waiting around to get paired up with a kid. It felt like reverse adoption. Pick me, pick me!

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For many, this was their first time ever riding a skateboard. Kids of all ages and experience level had a blast, as did the volunteers helping them. Some were just scooting around on their bottoms while others were riding up and down the skate ramps with their volunteer.

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I was paired with Sabrina. She was a more experienced rider and even had her own skateboard. She is fearless and quite the speed demon. We went up to the bowl on the upper level of the skate park.

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Sabrina had me running all over the place. She kept saying, “Again…again…faster!” I was out of breath and exhausted. I wasn’t expecting to get such a workout this early in the morning. This was my first time volunteering with A. Skate, and it was tremendously rewarding for both the families and the volunteers. I highly recommend checking out this organization, and you can learn more about Sabrina on her Facebook page.

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[photos courtesy of A. Skate Foundation and Autism Warrior]

 

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