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Healthwatch: Autistic Hockey

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Chelly Boutott reports Video: Healthwatch: Autistic Hockey
Chelly Boutott reports Tue, 05 Dec 2017 23:18:20 +0000 Healthwatch: Autistic Hockey Chelly Boutott reports WFRV baseball and lacrosse. in healthwatch -- chelly boutott shows us how he made it all possible. ((chelly)) if you think sports like hockey and lacrosse are out of bounds for special needs kids, think again. " meet patrick. he's a nine-year-old who loves playing with his dog almost as much as playing on his computer. he's also autistic. so come saturday morning, everything changes. all he's interested in is coach joe and getting on the ice. joe dellanno, sls hockey coach: "but, he loves hockey, loves hockey. he wears the boston black and gold and he's all ready to go." ("awesome!") joe dellanno: "when he comes here, his face lights up. he wants to interact with us and he wants to perform." skating didn't come naturally for the autistic boy, but he's come a long way, thanks to coach joe dellanno (dell-on-no), who figured out how get kids like patrick to focus and pay attention. joe dellanno: "they're into video games, so we thought wouldn't it be cool if we put a video game underneath their feet and then make it move so that it's animated so they have to chase it or they have to interact with it." and, that's what he does. here at smart light sports, joe projects images on the ice the kids relate to, like flamingos, whales or stars. and, before you know it, they follow along, focus and learn. (family claps) caileigh sweeney, patrick's sister: "it's great that he's doing something that he loves and that he's happy." tim sweeny, patrick's dad: "i also think it's joe's coaching style. he does a great job with patrick. they made an instant connection when we came here." ("get me. come on, come on.") joe dellanno: "every day that i leave here, i have the satisfaction of knowing that i've leave here, i have the satisfaction of knowing that i've made a difference in these kid's lives. so, i know i'm connecting with them and it makes me feel absolutely wonderful." maureen sweeney, patrick's mom: "it really warms my heart just to see how happy he is. we just want him to have fun just like all the other kids." " ((chelly)) joe dellanno (dell-on-no) applies his smart light technology to lots of sports, including hockey, field hockey, soccer, baseball, and lacrosse. and, they are in the process of getting this technology working all over the country. and thats your healthwatch, i'm chelly boutott local five news. ((erin)) paul's pantry

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