Jen recently had this awesome post featured on BlogHer in which she wrestles with whether to go with "typical" or "special needs" dance classes for her daughter.
My rule of thumb has been to go with typical settings as much as possible when it comes to camps or more social extracurricular activities. But when it comes to anything athletically-oriented, it's very difficult for Audrey to keep up.
Back in January, we tried a regular martial arts class but it just moved along way too fast, and Audrey needed a lot of one-on-one support that they weren't really equipped to give her. Then I discovered that the local Easter Seals where Audrey was doing OT offered a martial arts class, so we gave that a try and it's been so much better for her.
Even at Easter Seals, well I don't want to use the word "worst", but let's just say that she's the most challenged kid in class. But she gets tremendous support, and the class is just right for her. She has kids with some pretty kick-ass motor skills to model, and even though it's all pretty difficult for her she tries really hard and seems to love it.
At the end of the summer session, they had the parents come in to watch them break boards. Since the force behind Audrey's movements is akin to a light breeze, I had no faith that she would be able to do it.
First, here is how it's supposed to be done...
And here is Audrey...
OK, that board must have been made out of saltines for it to have broken. This is a perfect example of the motor planning stuff that she finds so hard. She just couldn't get that choombee and eye-yah together with her kumbaya and her foie gras. Or whatever the hell.
But she did it! So what have we learned? That I should have more faith in my child's abilities? That you don't have to be great at something to still enjoy it and get something out of it? Yes, all of that...and also that when I think I'm not at all giggling when I take videos like this, somehow I actually am.