When you have special needs kids, finding balance is important. You don’t want to make their world unnecessarily small, while you also don’t want to push them beyond what they can handle. It is an issue in big things like school and in less important things, like activities. GB’s widely scattered abilities make finding this balance even more difficult.
Last night, GB tried out a new gymnastics class. The class she is in will not exist in September and her NT “friends” are moving on to other activities- activities that just aren’t doable for GB at this point. I am sad that she will lose weekly contact with these girls, after almost five years of having them as a regular part of her life. Fortunately, GB still enjoys gymnastics. Unfortunately, our safe, small, non-competitive gym will only have one class that is appropriate for her. It is their “team” class. They don’t compete, but the class is 90 minutes long and has a dance component. The girls in this class take their gymnastics seriously. There is only one girl who is more skilled than GB and one girl her age already there. GB didn’t have a problem with any of the girls- I think they are so focused on what they are doing themselves, GB’s differences didn’t make the radar screen. It probably helped that she was noticeably younger than most of them. It is almost a $1000 for a year of this class and I am reluctant to lay that kind of money out when I am not sure it will work. Maybe we will try the class again in a couple of weeks.
One of GB’s talents is gymnastics. I want to let her develop her strength. It is not good for her if all we ever do is try to shore up her weaknesses.