Toronto-area girl w AS becomes swim champ

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20 Jun 2015, 8:16 am

A VERY uplifting story, about a girl from the Toronto area called Ruby Stevens who has AS, ADHD, GAD, and epilepsy and was contemplating suicide but went on to become a synch swimming champ. Yayyy Ruby!! :)

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/good-ne ... 27965.html



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20 Jun 2015, 7:13 pm

Good for her


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20 Jun 2015, 7:13 pm

Cool. I used to be on the swim team when I was younger.


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20 Jun 2015, 7:57 pm

Would have been more inspiring if she wasn't on the disabled team.


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20 Jun 2015, 10:20 pm

Why? What's wrong with being on the disabled team? I think what she's done is very impressive, especially at the age of 12.


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20 Jun 2015, 10:29 pm

This story just goes to show that autistic people need to spend more time in the water. I took up the sport of free diving when I was 8 years old and I can contribute to the fact, that spending a long time in the water is one of the reasons I am not in a metal hospital today. A lot of people just don't seem to understand the therapeutic benefits that being in the water has on the autistic mind.



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08 Jan 2016, 8:24 am

yay!!



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11 Jan 2016, 8:53 pm

LupaLuna wrote:
This story just goes to show that autistic people need to spend more time in the water. I took up the sport of free diving when I was 8 years old and I can contribute to the fact, that spending a long time in the water is one of the reasons I am not in a metal hospital today. A lot of people just don't seem to understand the therapeutic benefits that being in the water has on the autistic mind.


I totally agree with this last statement; although, as a younger / little guy, I did tend to be a little weird and rambunctious in the water as part of stimming and calming, to the point where lifeguards would whistle me out of the water to ask for a "chat" - likely they were obliquely asking me if I remembered to take medication that morning, or more directly if my parents were around - one even asked if I knew how to swim, which I did, but I suppose he was worried about drowning and lawsuits...feh :P