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It is so great to hear about the inclusive martial arts and Girl Scout troop. My son, who is on the autism spectrum, has had both good and challenging experiences in activities, and we never did find any that were specifically designed to be inclusive. It was hard to figure out what activities would suit a kid easily overwhelmed by noise and light. Ice hockey was amazing for him when he was younger. He learned skating and basic skills. The coaches seemed to recognize his differences, and were patient without being patronizing. I think of that as casual inclusion, and I honor all the adults who recognize and accept differences. Still, he dropped out after sixth grade, because competition was too intense for him, with sounds and conversations that made no sense. For him, casual activities were stressful. So in the summer we tried to find fun classes like cartoon drawing. That way, there was structure but entertainment too.

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