Well, since I asked for the section I thought I would make the first post.
This forum was important to me, as it is my son that has the SCI not myself, I joined as many places as I could on his return home, it's been a big couple of years (will be 2 years next easter) in that time it's been one hell of a ride emotionally, but if it wasn't for forums like this on the internet I would not be in the positive place I am right now.
My son is now 8 and T-11 incomplete, since the injury we've made some wholesale changes in life, my older son has come to live with us, moved house and schools which has been hugely positive change.
Im not sure what else to share in a first post for the section but I am open to any questions by any kids/carers about our experiences.
nathanau, I noticed you are in Australia and wondered if you are connected with Disability Sports Australia.
While I don't have any disabled children of my own, I did belong to Challenged Athletes here in the US. I found that belonging to an organization that supports athletes affords a disabled person community and many travel opportunities. Many friendships can grow from belonging to such organizations.
From what katerinawit posted, it appears you are making all the right decisions for your son.
Sorry guys, I thought it would be easy to click on bread crumbs at top of the screen to get to top of the section this post is in.
Anyhow, right now he's not hooked in on an official level with: Disability sports Australia; but we are aware of him and we have talked to them, though right now all his sports wishes and wants are catered to at school, if he wants in time he can choose any sport he likes. Right now he's a Coxswain in one of the rowing crews at school (most of the kids are much older than him but he still goes to the school so he's eligible), he loves it because it doesn't require he have any special adaptations for him to participate, he can get in the boat with no help now, gets out of his wheelchair onto the pontoon then slides himself into the cox seat, we haven't talked about winter sports yet.
I am a T11 complete. i can't speak for an 8 year old however at that tender age all kids are insecure yet life after SCI can still be fulfilling. In my opinion the secret is to adapt and strive to be as independent as possible.
That's great, nathanau, that he has a sport to participate in that he can do with no special adaptations. It sounds like you have helped him past a big hurdle. ...and he will overcome yet more obstacles to have a happy, fulfilling life.
He has, though more group activities than sports, his main interest has turned to mountain biking, primarily trail riding in his hand cycle. He has tried basketball but really doesn't like it, the last couple of winters he has been quite into his sit ski, I can't afford to take him as often as he would like, but we still get in a week a year at least.
I’m glad he has found activities he enjoys. Watersports aren’t the only good exercise out there. As for basketball, I was terrible at it and came to hate it. And that was when I was able-bodied in high school. I’d been taught to be polite and respectful of other people’s “person” and property, so to suddenly be subjected to being fouled -basically clobbered- and the ball taken away from me...well, it just wasn’t my idea of civilized conduct. You’ve put a lot of effort into giving your son happy memories.