Kids with sensory processing order have difficulty getting their bodies to do what their brains say. This can be manifested in a lack of coordination with fine motor, and some gross motor, skills. Typically, SPD kids are late bloomers when it comes to things like riding a bike. I have chronicled some of our travails with soccer and other activities that take some physical coordination. So, we have been attentive to finding a "sport" that might work for Elias.
Elias really enjoys swimming. He takes lessons at the Y. The Y has just opened a family pool and we often go together on the weekends. There is a terrific green giant slide, but one must be in possession of a green wrist band to go down the slide. This Friday I casually said to Elias, "Maybe you can take the test." The life guard told us it involved swimming a length, turning around and swimming half way back, and treading water for 15 seconds. I said to him, "Well, you can try, but I think it might be too much."
Boy, did he prove me wrong. I didn't get to watch, but was told all about it. He passed the test and told me the lifeguard said it didn't have to be pretty, he just had to pass. And, pass he did. And, he was just so proud of himself. I have to say both Adam and I were astonished as well. Hooray for our little boy.