Leslie - posted on 04/18/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )
I have an almost 8 year old daughter named Vada. I found she was having more trouble with friends and was getting into more trouble due to the fact she didn't have anything to occupy her time. She had mentioned cheerleading several time. Due to her anxiety I was reluctant to put her in it. about a year ago I enrolled her at a private cheer academy and at they Family Y cheerleading program. She bombed out on the Y program due to a lack of structure and they arn't professionals they are volunteers. However, the private cheer academy which does national competitions, They love her! She has friends, she can now do a back handspring... and they have learned as much as I have about my child. It has been a wonderful experience and I would recomend it to everyone. I never would have expected her to thrive so well in cheerleading. I always thought of cheerleader's as cut throat and judgemental. I have learned how wrong I was. They wanted to know more about asperger's and just last week her coach said to me " I don't think of it as a disability. She is perfectly able. She just needs a firm hand keeping her focused on what she needs to be doing." I would like responses on what other activities parents with Asperger's have had sucess with... I think it would help parents all around.