Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Scout with Autism
Scout with Autism
Mon, 6 Dec 1999 21:21:15 EST
I'm a new subscriber to the list, a Webelos Den Leader, used to be (and still am) a Girl Scout . . .
Does anyone on this list have any experience to share in working with a Scout who is autistic? This is not the high-performing kind of autism, the boy I am speaking of has enormous difficulty dealing with unfamiliar situations and communicating with anyone other than parents. I knew him for a year before he told me "hello." He does not make eye contact and he does not like physical contact. He does not have the attention span to do craft projects, participate in skits, or follow directions. He appears to enjoy being with other boys and observing, when he does not get overwhelmed. He is comfortable with his Webelos patrol, but it is almost time to cross over to Boy Scouts. His parents think that Cub Scouting has been good for him, and they would like him to continue. The other boys in the patrol also want him to stay with them. We are hoping that the boys who have been active in the patrol will all cross over together to the same troop, although that is not yet definit!
e. This boy's ability to fit in will be a consideration in choosing the troop.
Thanks to this list, I already have a good idea of the Boy Scout advancement rules and how they differ from Cub Scouts--obviously, "doing his best" will no longer be sufficient for advancement. If you have stories/experience/wisdom to share with this boy's parents and the Scouters who will be working with him, please E-mail me privately. Thank you.