Oldish here, can anyone help?
I have a 13 year old son who has Aspergers and tackles life in his very own particular way. I tried getting him on skis from about the age of three. Absolutely refused, but persevere we did. A light bulb switched on in his brain at age 8 and a half and with no formal instruction (he wouldn't do instruction) he is now an awesome skier and loves it.
The problem is that he has way surpassed his oldish Mum who is a fast skier, but getting on and therefore not physically able to keep up and has two dodgy knees.
Second difficulty he has switched to freestyle skiing, way out of my league and inclination. He gets utterly frustrated as he wants to walk before he can run and feels he is absolutely rubbish because he should be able to do it immediately, in fact he he has taught himself well by watching others and is learning naturally how to do the basics, switches, 180's, small kickers. boxes etc. I can not seem to get through to him that it will take time, patience and sticking at simple problems first. He won't give up, but the anxiety builds along with the frustration and there so many fireworks he is often very difficult to be around.
He has so much potential and is very talented in many areas but just doesn't see it, such a perfectionist to the point where it gets in the way of moving forward, instead is so hard on himself. What I want to find is somewhere for him to learn, be away from Mum and Dad, where he would receive instruction from an instructor who could handle and be empathetic towards his learning style. He is also lonely and needs a buddy to ski with. Not a lot of fun with your oldish parents. He needs to meet lads of his own age doing freestyle skiing, he does not socialise easily as he thinks people don't like him typical, Aspergers. I know this is a big ask but does any one have any ideas?