Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Magnificent Obsession

I wrote last fall about Audrey's new obsession with cartwheels. Well, it hasn't faded, and, as a matter of fact, intensified to the extent where I decided to try to have it do us some good.

I enrolled her in a gymnastics class at our park district, and so far she is doing well...hanging with the normies and everything! Read all about it HERE on the Patch!

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  1. I loved doing gymnastics as a kid. I even got pretty good and competed at a fairly high level. It really helped my coordination (because believe me there was a lot of issues with that) and it also gave me a team of other girls of various ages (there was a 4 year age range on my team) who all respected and supported each other. And it taught hard work and important social skills. I'm glad Audrey seems to be enjoying and doing well with it so far!

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    1. Audrey has historically been very gross motor delayed and uncoordinated, so this just seems like such a win-win. It started out as sort of a visual stim where she was really obsessed with watching others do cartwheels, flips, etc. But this is the first time that something like this has morphed into something that SHE wants to imitate. And I agree...soooo many benefits. It's inspiring to hear that someone else who had coordination issues was actually able to compete in an athletic pursuit! I never thought I'd see the day when she was like 18 mos old and couldn't even roll over :)

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  2. I had to comment... my son on the spectrum was obsessed with cartwheels and handstands when he was 11/12. He was in a gymnastics class too and it was great for him! He would go up to strangers and ask them if they could do a handstand... his "opener"! It's amazing the number of people who would comply and do one, then laugh that they can't believe they just did a cartwheel for this kid. Here's a video that represents about a year of my life....

    http://kidstube.com/video/3141/Cartwheels-and-Handstands

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    1. OMG that is EXACTLY Audrey...it's actually quite out of control. She asks my husband and I about 1,000 times per day, in addition to every person she comes into contact with, strangers and otherwise. Hers is usually "Can you do a round-off?" or just "Do a round-off!" This goes over especially well with senior citizens :)
      How old is your son now? He looks awesome! It never fails, no matter how odd the obsession you can usually find at least one other person that has experienced the same thing!

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    2. He is almost 16 now! He is doing great. The little kid at the end is my younger son who was saying "no cheese!" which is what he said whenever he saw a camera, as in "say cheese!". Oh the memories!

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  3. I love it! It is so cool on so many levels...hanging with the nippies and the gross motor stuff and a break from the wiggles!

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    1. I hope that she sticks with it Andrea...fingers crossed!

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  4. OMG!!! That is *so* awesome!!! Go Audrey! And gymnastics totally rocks. I *loved* it when I was able to take it as a girl and nearly cried when we moved away and there wasn't a gymnastics class where we moved to..

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  5. Cool for her! I'll bet she's loving it!

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  6. Just read the article..sounds like she is doing really well. And I can't believe it's 13 degrees there right now.

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  7. That is so cool!!! Go Audrey! XXX

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