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A.Skate Foundation Teaches Skateboarding To Autistic Kids

By Andres Pachon

A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.

 

“Skating with Kids through Acceptance, Therapy and Education” is the mission Statement of the A.skate Foundation, an organization that is working with autistic children so that they can enjoy skateboarding just like any other kid, because they are just like any other.

 

A.skate Using Skateboarding For a Social Objective

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Photo: Jason Lee (Unsplash)

They provide personalized lessons of skateboarding for persons with autism, all in a proper environment for them, perfect for their sensory needs and ability to learn. The families that participate in this initiative don´t have to pay for this service, not even for the gear and safety equipment which is provided by the foundation. They have the objective to make the experience as gratifying as possible for their participants.

Their participants are children from 3 years old to adults. Their concerns are promoting and educate about anti-bullying in different forms, because people that have Autism or Aspergers usually had a hard time identifying, detecting and understanding it. This makes them vulnerable to it and the impact that bullying have in persons with high functioning Autism and Aspergers can be great. This includes low self-steem, heightened anxiety, fear, refusal to attend school, isolation and even suicide. That is why A.skate have the perfect place and platform for them where thay can be themselves, feeling comfortable and accepted.

 

 

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Providing the Lessons and Skills These Kids Needs For Life

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Photo: Jason Lee (Unsplash)

They educate and teach some skills but it doesn’t mean they are a school. A.Skate is the environment that these kids needs, because they don’t really have many alternatives of places where they can be without any issues. The rules, pressure of being a team player and the stress of following directions often get in way of their success. Skateboarding works in this case like an Occupational Therapy without them even noticing it, helping them to improve their motor and social skills. This will also help the parents allowing them to have an extra activity where they can join their kids, taking them to a skatepark and have a fun social activity for the weekends or after a day at school.

We invite you to check their website to learn more about this project and maybe support them. Because we don't just need to only skate for ourselves, we can be using skateboarding to help each other, just like A.Skate is doing right now in the U.S.

 

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