Friday, January 7, 2011
Special Olympics. Here We Come!
The coaches. Two older brothers. Trying to show Levi how to bowl. Levi isn't allowed to use the bumper guards while competing. This is new for us.
First we tried the ramp. Levi isn't allowed any help with the ramp. He has to get it situated himself. Levi's brothers/coaches showed him where and how to place it.
It didn't go so well. Many gutter balls. We finally realized that Levi is pushing the ball down the ramp harder with one hand than the other.
The surprise of the day. Levi understood that a gutter ball was not something he wanted and each time the ball would go in the gutter he'd shrug his shoulders and tears would form in his eyes. Totally unexpected for me. Pulled at my heart strings. The Mommy in me said it wasn't worth it. Let's just go home.
Levi wanted to stay. He wanted to get those pins. I'm proud of him. Rocket Levi!
Switch tactics. Maybe showing Levi how to throw the ball down would be better. We tried that for awhile.
More shoulder shrugging and tears. More heart strings pulled and not feeling like it was worth it. Much frustration.
Back to trying the ramp. Just use fingers Levi. Don't push the ball with your hands. Just use your fingers and let it roll down the ramp.
Better success. Smiles and clapping.
Coaches are happy.
We think we've figured out how to help Levi feel like he is successful at bowling.
Next Friday! Here we come!!