A approach with phrases: Younger San Antonio Scrabble star with Autism competing in nationwide event



SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio 12-year-old Ricky Rodriguez has at all times had a approach with phrases and can use these abilities at a nationwide Scrabble competitors in Washington, D.C..Rodriguez was identified with Autism when he was a toddler. His mother and father say that has not held him again from competing at among the highest ranges of Scrabble.“On this Scrabble scene, he matches in rather well together with his talents and his focus,” mentioned Erin Rodriguez, Ricky’s mom. “His photographic reminiscence, his phrase data, attraction to phrases and language.”Rodriguez will compete on the North American College Championship this weekend within the nation’s capital.Throughout KSAT’s go to to his Northwest Facet residence earlier than his household left for D.C., Rodriguez stored it easy when requested about his technique.“I’m attempting to get a number of factors,” mentioned Rodriguez. “I don’t have a favourite phrase. I simply play no matter I can consider on my rack.”His mom mentioned Rodriguez entered his first huge Scrabble event when he was eight years previous and gained third place a yr later at a nationwide youth competitors in Philadelphia. He’s competed in occasions throughout the nation and in Malaysia.AdOver the previous 4 years, he’s honed his abilities by taking up and beating some adults and older children at competitions.“I don’t assume he’s ever performed anybody in Texas who’s youthful than him. They’re at all times older folks,” mentioned Erin Rodriguez. “It’s simply concerning the enjoyable, some children get actually tremendous aggressive, however he’s so cool when he loses or wins.”His Scrabble journey began early in life after his Autism prognosis. His mother and father instantly acknowledged he was good with phrases and calculations.“We had a daily Scrabble set and he took that out and he would begin enjoying video games in opposition to himself,” mentioned Erin Rodriguez.His mother and father discovered an area Scrabble group the place Ricky may participate in aggressive matches. “Mother simply selected to signal me up for a Scrabble membership,” mentioned Ricky Rodriguez.“The San Antonio Scrabble Membership and from there, those who performed with him had been like, ‘wow, his phrase data is absolutely nice,’” mentioned Erin Rodriguez.AdRicky’s mother and father have made a degree about telling him his prognosis is not going to maintain him again and ultimately, enjoying Scrabble is all about enjoyable, win or lose.“We simply attempt to give attention to all of the issues he can do and be taught. His strengths are positively phrases. He’s good at math, science,” mentioned Erin Rodriguez. “But additionally simply the enjoyable of touring and I hope he has a very good time in D.C., however I’m additionally not sitting right here saying I hope he will get first place. I simply need him to have a very good time.”Copyright 2022 by KSAT – All rights reserved.

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