Robin - 2008-10-22 14:34:13
Oh man, I had a similar experience with my kid at karate class, except for instead of trying to make everyone laugh (which is awesome, by the way), she just cried and refused to do anything. After a few classes of me participating along side all the other 6 year olds. We stopped going. She takes piano now, it's much better.
Fran - 2008-10-22 14:59:11
Okay, so it's not for him, no big deal, he'll find something else he enjoys. Don't worry, our little Asperger's friend, ironically, also named Andrew, who could not/would not interact with a group, now plays basketball and just loves it.
shoshana - 2008-10-22 15:42:07
I adore your son. He makes me feel happy.
Cosmic - 2008-10-24 03:25:39
He will find something that he likes, I'm sure.
Melissa - 2008-10-24 19:26:52
I used to assist with the kids' class at my dojo, and have watched that exact student become the star pupil. Pretty quickly, too. Straight out of a movie, minus a montage of training scenes and "Eye of the Tiger".
JP - 2008-10-27 15:35:55
I'm a 30 y/o Aspie, and I can sympathize with Andrew's giving more attention to the animal than the human. I almost always "feel" more when it comes to animals over people. The animals will accept you and enjoy you as you are. Not so much when it comes to people. I've always felt closer to furry friends than human ones.
Jamie - 2008-11-03 01:38:50
Hey UB - I teach a karate class to kids, often including children with aspergers, and let me tell you I've seen a lot worse than that. If he doesn't like it, he doesn't like it, but keep in mind that karate can do wonderful things for kids and hardly any of them like it at first. Hell, I didn't, but 10 years later I'm still doing it.

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