A wonderful story of an individual who has been involved with RMA’s programs for a long time. It’s great to share positive stories like this and spread awareness about the positive impact these opportunities can have.
My son, Anton, has multiple challenges: a profound hearing loss with a cochlear implant, autism and epilepsy. From the beginning, he’s had the challenge of developing his sense of proprioception. As a result the gross motor skills that may take a typically developing child moments to learn, would take Anton months or years to gain. Such challenges can create high levels of frustration and cause individuals to give up even trying. Adaptive sports, however, offer a fun and safe approach to developing these skills.
Anton has had a long and successful history with adaptive sports – his participation started sixteen years ago at the age of 5! He’s had ongoing involvement with a variety of sports: horseback riding, downhill & XC skiing, gymnastics, hiking, biking, tennis, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, and more. Such a vast exposure would not be possible without the support of adaptive programming.
Participating in adaptive sports allowed Anton to develop skills at his own pace and to safely push beyond his comfort zones. We’ve seen significant growth with each activity. In turn, the pride and confidence gained from his accomplishments offer a springboard to further acquire skills in new areas, be it socially, emotionally, physically, etc.
The joy and reward that these accomplishments bring to Anton, our family, and all that support him are immeasurable. The positive impact even trickles into the community, who’ve loved watching him ‘grow up’, obtaining skills and independence in areas that were never imagined. All this could not have happened without the ongoing support and contributions of organizations such as Rocky Mountain Adaptive. Thank you RMA!!
– Kim, Anton’s Mother