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Bowling with sensory-friendly group

Parents who have a child with a diagnosis of autism know that it can be difficult to find a sport that their child can participate in comfortably. Who would think of bowling with its noise in the environment with crashing pins and cheering when someone makes a strike? Face Autism in Sarasota believes that children with autism can enjoy bowling as a sport and is sponsoring free bowling this summer.

Bowling is beneficial as a group connection
Bowling is beneficial as a group connection
Photo by Bryan Bedder
Bowling happy pins
Bowling happy pins
Photo by Bryan Bedder

Bowling can actually help children with a diagnosis of autism. There is repetition in the sport with a pattern of "Bowl Twice, sit down" or a pattern that the parent can create for their child. Bowling also offers a way to connect with others because one can bowl with a team. Children with a learning disability on the autism spectrum can also use the pins to notice a pattern in the way that the pins are set up, and after hitting the pins with the bowling bowl, can notice patterns in the way that the pins that are left standing.

Free bowling for children with a diagnosis of autism will be sponsored by Face Autism on June 28 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.at the Gulf Gate Lanes, located at 7221 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. You are invited to bring noise cancellation sets if your child would like to use a headset. There will be no music for this sensory-friendly experience with bowling. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Discover bowling with Face Autism and log on at www.faceautism.org in Sarasota for other suggestions for sports in a sensory-friendly environment that this organization sponsors.