Symptoms of autism are characterized by difficulty associating with others, lack of communication, repetitive behaviors, and sensitivity to touch. While normally diagnosed as an infant, there really is no age limit to when the symptom is finally identified in a person.
Autism has a wide range of impact, with mild cases only showing slight signs of the condition to the more severe which impact the patient’s ability to function in society. This makes living with autism very personal and specific to the patient in question. For some, Martial Arts have been a means to learning how to cope with the symptoms of autism.
Martial Arts are very helpful to those living with Autism if managed well and under the correct program. Our program provides the opportunities to develop motor skills, concentration, and confidence associated with the cognative symptom. In addition, the training room setting with other students provides a means to practice socialization skills. All of these are important to helping to learn to cope with the symptoms of autism.
.Martial Arts provides exercise focusing on body movement, which allows the autistic student to become more aware of themselves. The routine that classes are providing bring a level of comfort to those living with autism while still introducing them to variability and accepting slow changes. Repetition, which is one of the cornerstones to how we train at this center, builds a level of assurance.
This center provides private, semi private and group lessons to accommodate the diagnose and needs of the individual.
The center has many successful children ,teens and adults within the spectrum. Some have made the black belt level and are now assisting or teaching some of the classes they have attended in the past. The percentage of autistic behavior attendance has risen to 30 % of the student body.
My experience in this area comes from my last 30 years interacting with individuals diagnosed with autistic behaviors enrolled at my center. I have a relative who is on the autism spectrum and I have been his home care provider for the last 20 years.
Another key to success with autism is understanding that every person has uniqueness to themselves and the martial arts program at this center is unique and conforms to their needs not they need to conform to a rigid antiquated method. The system does not have to be modified and is taught to all in the same format. The exciting part of this strategy is watching the participant acclimate and become assimilated to the training and through their own desire and effort succeed with completing their personal goals