A.skate Foundation comes to Woodward West

Autism affects 1 in 88 children. Crys Worley created the A.skate Foundation in 2010 after she realized she could do something bigger with the "skatepark meet-ups" she had been hosting for people with autistic children. Skateboarding gives autistic children a chance to express themselves and connect better socially.Because children with autism have trouble with social skills, following instructions and heightened sensitivity to sensory input, team sports don't often work for them. Skateboarding is an activity that greatly helps to alleviate some of the issues brought on by autism.Worley and her boyfriend, Peter Karvonen, brought her two children, Sasha and Fallon, and family friend Jason Salillas, to camp during Week 1. Sasha, 10, was diagnosed with autism at 22-months-old. Although Worley was nervous to bring him to camp, she said the experience helped Sasha open up more socially.While Sasha was a little shy at the beginning of the week, nearly everyone knew his name and where to find him by the end of the week - on the miniramp in the corner of Hanger 18. We were happy to have the A.skate family at camp and hope to see them again soon!Produced by Sean Logan