October 22, 2012
Until my son started playing hockey, he had never had any desires to play any sort of group sports. He was 12 years old at the time, and was carrying multiple diagnoses of BiPolar Disorder, ADHD & Asperger's Syndrome. He never had the patience to learn, & quite honestly, most players and coaches of the teams we tried just didn't have the patience for him. I learned about ASHA from another mom on an adaptive baseball team we were trying out. Since Tristan's cousin plays (sledge) hockey, we decided to just go for the session & see what it was all about. That was 4 years ago. Even though he had never skate on the ice before, he was up & at it & ready to go! Everyone has patience beyond paitence for him and all the kids - and the kids have so much patience & support & "team" with each other!! Where was once a kid who despised group activities before this, now stands a confident, friendly outgoing young man who will do anything for anyone involved, not just his particular team, but anyone at all with ASHA. The "normal"-ness he now feels when he's out on the ice is amazing. I could never stand out there with him, because hearing my son talk about his friends - his hockey family, as he calls them - melts my heart each and every time. I just really cannot imagine my son's life without his hockey.
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