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Autistic Boy Bowls a 300 September 30, 2008

Posted by hopeauthority in Autism, Children, Family, Parenting.
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Well, not really. But it felt that way…

Today is a school holiday for my son, but not my daughter, so it’s a mommy and son day today. In order to get ‘C’ to behave at the fair the other day, I promised him “bowling on Tuesday”, which he has reminded me of repeatedly.

He’s been bowling before a few times and its one of those few activities in public that he usually seems to handle pretty well… usually being the key word!  I took him to the place where we had his birthday party in March. I asked for the same lane: #18. Why?

Well, as the mom of an “eloper” (fancy name for the kid who darts off at every chance), I scoped out the one corner of the bowling alley that didn’t have an exit door and chose the last lane so he could only run in one direction. Also, no one else was bowling in that area, so we had 10 lanes between us and the poor unsuspecting family on lane 8.

‘C’ was awesome. He understands the idea is to get a strike. He stops at the foul line and flings the ball, then goes back to wait at the ball return and actually doesn’t put his hands inside it!  He is not yet a sore-loser… unlike his dad (who actually has bowled a 300!) He bowled with bumpers and rolled a 79 and a 72. All of his balls made it to the pins, so I didn’t have to keep bothering the workers to retrieve them. Of course, he didn’t have to wait and take turns since it was just us…

It was one of those amazingly smooth outings where you get to feel invisible. And that’s as good as it gets!

So the outing felt like he bowled a 300. Like the perfect game. The perfect bowling experience.

And on the spectrum 79=300.

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1. tiredmama - September 30, 2008

Awesome! Glad to hear that you had such a great day out with your son! 🙂

2. acollage - October 1, 2008

Aww, that’s cool! 79 is a pretty impressive score in my book. 😉 I’m glad you had such a good bowling outing. All the effort to make it work came together! (Parents of NT kids just don’t appreciate how easy it is to go somewhere when you don’t have to count exits, throwable items within reach, and choose which innocent bystanders look the most understanding.


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