Wisconsin teens with autism write a children’s book about basketball

Keira Thompson “loves, loves, loves” basketball. The 15-year-old from Brookfield was introduced to the sport when she was 10. She loves that there’s always action going on in the game, she loves her teammates and coaches and she loves learning new skills.

But Keira’s favorite sport doesn’t always come easily for her. Keira is on the autism spectrum and also has global apraxia, which means motor movements are difficult for her.

“Any type of physical movement or new skill has involved a lot of practice and determination by Keira,” said Beckie Thompson, Keira’s mom. “I’m incredibly proud of what she accomplishes because almost everything has been a struggle.”

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