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A.skate Foundation helps kids w/autism

January 6, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
ABC7's latest Pay It Forward recipient is an organizer for the A.skate Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps kids with autism learn socialization skills through skating.

The group has partnered with Vans Skateparks to provide special clinics for the kids.

Each child is teamed up with a volunteer who ends up teaching them much more than just the fundamentals of skating.

"And you see them just blossom and come out and they start talking," said Crys Worley, A.skate Foundation. "You see more eye contact. A lot of that naturally comes from having a one on one partner, but they're getting a lot of good stimulation from the movement of being on a skateboard."

Parents say skateboarding is a great fit for kids with autism, who often shy away from team sports.