Take Me and My Letterboard Out to the Ballgame2 min read

trevorTrevor is a non-speaking teen who has been working hard to take more risks. Trying new things has been high on his agenda, and this summer he got to expe­ri­ence his first major league base­ball game. Check out his story below!

Going to a base­ball game is a quin­tes­sen­tial boy­hood expe­ri­ence. The magic of a ball­park. The laughter of kids.  The crack of a bat hit­ting a ball.  Oh, and the end­less food options.

To heck with the peanuts and Cracker Jacks.  Did you know that you can buy lit­er­ally any­thing at Nat’s Park? Burger? Yep. Tacos?  Yah. Sushi?  Probably. The pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less. Going to a game can make you broke and fat. Man, I could live in that ball­park.

Going to my first game at age sev­en­teen far out­shone my expec­ta­tions.  With new things my family is taking a colossal risk.  Will I enjoy it or will my autism cancel out any enjoy­ment with stims and anx­iety? It’s a gamble.  Lots of times the autism wins.

Not this time.

This time I win. I am sold on starting to be a base­ball fan. I never thought I would care about a team sport; but then again, I never thought I’d be writing a blog, either.

RPM has opened doors for me that seemed per­ma­nently closed. Today I can email my teachers. I can joke with my family. I can even tell my mom when the know-it-all doctor is wrong and needs direct instruc­tion in how to talk to an autistic kid without sounding like a con­de­scending ass.

When mom told me we were going to a base­ball game, all I could think about was how happy I am to be able to explain the expe­ri­ence. Whether I loved it or hated it, I can better and more explic­itly express the opin­ions I have always had.

Now that’s a real homerun.

Trevor found his voice on a let­ter­board about three years ago and has no plans to shut up. Originally pub­lished August 2, 2019 on Reach Every Voice blog, repro­duced with per­mis­sion.  

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  1. Trevor . It was so great to read your article . I am so happy to read how much you enjoyed the expe­ri­ence. It kind of made me feel that I was there enjoying it with you . And I am looking for­ward to your future arti­cles .And hearing about your other expe­ri­ences ! Love , Aunt Moe & Uncle Jack

  2. Trevor, I am so proud of you and your will­ing­ness to try new and risky feeling things. Love you, Grammie

  3. Glad to read this and get link to his blog.

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