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The skateboarding family from California got the surprise of their lives when their 14-year-old son, Josh, was diagnosed with a rare form of autism in January.
Josh, who has Asperger’s syndrome, had trouble communicating and often couldn’t hold his own in school, but he always had the best grades and excelled in his schoolwork.
“I remember being at my math class one day and my teacher said to me, ‘You’re going to be a great math teacher someday,'” Josh said.
“I was like, ‘What do you mean?
You’re going in to do math?’
And she said, ‘No, you’re going out to skate.'”
Josh spent two weeks in the woods, where he would practice his tricks, before going back to school.
But after a few weeks in school he had a sudden change of heart.
Josh went to a friend’s house to check out the skate park.
He took a couple of rides in the park, but after the first few times he thought he had gotten lucky.
“We were on a hill and I was just like, This is it,” he said.
When Josh went back to the park he was shocked to find his classmates were not able to skate, so he hopped off his skateboard and rode the rest of the day.
The next day, Josh said, he tried a couple more rides in one of the parks, and he was so impressed with the speed that he told his teacher that he wanted to go back.
“My teacher was like,’ Hey, what are you doing?'”
Josh said he remembers her saying.
Josh ended up taking the full day to skate a couple times, but when he was finally able to do a couple other rides he was amazed to see that other kids in the parks were having trouble skating.
“He’s a very quiet person, he’s not really socialized,” Josh’s father, Paul, said.
“So my dad started telling me he was going to come skate with him,” said Josh’s brother, Jacob.
“And he was like ‘I’m not going to skate with you guys, I’m going to try to skate and let my friends know what’s going on.'”
After Josh finished skateboarding, his dad called the skate parks manager and said he wanted a full day of skateboarding.
Josh agreed and was given a full skate and a helmet, but the park manager was so excited about it, he went into the park to get a full head of hair and facial hair.
“The park manager called me up and he said, Hey, look, I’ve been looking for you and I can’t find you,'” Josh’s dad said.
“‘I’m sorry, I can only give you a full helmet, and I’ve only got the head of my hair.'”
After a few more trips, Josh decided to give his dad a full hair shave and gave him a new skate, complete with a helmet.
“The next morning I had a full shaved head,” he remembered.
“We started skating and then I got really angry because I was not being treated like everybody else.”
The family said the experience made them want to skate again and help others, so they put the skateboarding lessons on hold for the next two weeks.
“This was just a blessing in disguise,” Josh said of his experience.
“It was kind of like, I was able to help other people in my community because I didn’t have any help.”
Josh said that he’s grateful that his dad helped him get back to skate.
“If you had told me before that I would be able to walk out here, I wouldn’t have believed you,” he explained.
“He’s like, You know what?
I’m not a superhero, I don’t know what to do with myself.
I have this, this is my life, and you have to do what you gotta do, but you can’t just give it all up.”