The Incredible Power of Baseball, Friendship and a Sense of Belonging
This is my nephew, Connor whom I am so proud of! He’s a graduating senior at Garnet Valley High School in Pennsylvania. Connor was non-verbal until he was almost 4 and then he started reciting word-for-word movies like Madagascar and Cars.
He never connected to kids his entire life. Always adults.
But, given his love of baseball and with the support of his mom, and therapists he was convinced to expand his horizons and join the baseball team to help with his social skills.
The baseball coach and team embraced him and were so happy to do so. They made him the team manager. This was three years ago. They love him. They don’t treat him differently at all. He is one of the guys.
The Social Benefits of Baseball
He still has a hard time in social situations, but when he is with his team, he is fine.
Inclusion and Friendship Builds Invaluable Confidence
I can’t express how much this has helped Connor. He’s so confident and the inclusion has helped him so much! I’m a proud Aunt and I know his parents are so grateful for the baseball team!
As he graduates High School and enters the next phase of his incredible life, we know the confidence he has gained and the foundation set by this experience will stay with him.
~ Jennie (SLP-Assistant)