A recent and growing trend that has provided many benefits for children on the autism spectrum involves their engagement in karate and other martial arts.
A 2010 research project conducted by the University of Wisconsin physical therapy department confirmed what parents were already reporting - in the course of learning martial arts, children with autism essentially came out of their shells and grew more socially assertive and cooperative. They exhibited better balance and motor coordination, eye contact improved and play skills were further developed. Greater self-esteem was also reported, with the added bonus of these kids being able to defend themselves, if need be.
How Karate Can Help With Focus
Karate and martial arts assist kids on the autism spectrum with the ability to concentrate and focus their attention in a consistent and highly structured environment. Additionally, parents find that new skills carry over into home and at school. The release of energy in a safe and ritualized environment can bring a child to a new sense of calm. Friendships are formed around a shared activity and that sense of belonging can be the greatest reward of all.
If contemplating martial arts for your child, it's always good to consult with his or her doctor prior to beginning any physical training. Observe the class before committing your child to it. It should be small and solely for children with autism, at least initially. Higher functioning children may be able to integrate into regular classes immediately. Confer with the instructor about your child's needs and make sure you feel you can successfully partner with them.
Once your child is underway, have them practice at home in a no pressure environment and offer encouragement and reinforcement for the moves they have already learned. A demonstration for siblings or other relatives will also go a long way in building confidence and self-esteem.
Martial arts offers therapeutic rewards and parents will enjoy the fact that their child can participate in activities that other kids take for granted. And with summer fast approaching, it just may be the perfect activity to consider.
Karate Classes in East Mesa
We want everyone at our school to learn concentration and focus in a safe and structured environment. Call our school at 480-986-7177 or fill out our form to get two free trial classes.
Bullying is around kids everywhere: school, social media, and afterschool activities. About 31 percent of American students between the ages of 12 and 18 are bullied in school, according to a U.S. Department of Education survey from May 2011.
Only less than half of bullying incidents are reported to an adult. Bullyproof Your Child for Life author, Dr. Joel Haber, says kids are reluctant report a bullying incident to adults because they:
At East Mesa Karate, we want to stop bullying, so we want every parent and child to be aware of the signs. Warning signs of bullying can be physical or social and emotional.
Physical Signs of Bullying
Aversion to school. Mild aversion to school occasionally is normal. If your child used to be happy to go to school but now pretends to be sick (complaining of headaches, stomach aches, or fatigue) or puts up a fight everyday and are genuinely scared, they may be trying to avoid a bully.
Social and Emotional Signs of Bullying
It may seem like a tough task to talk to your child about bullying, but it can be the first step to getting them the help that they need.
East Mesa Karate is Against Bullying
Our school is against bullying. Each of our instructors is trained on how to teach students to what to do if they are being bullied.
Getting your child in a positive and encouraging, safe environment can help your child learn how to handle bullying and increase leadership skills. To learn more about how we stop bullying try our 6 week special or contact us through our online form.
NO MEANS NO KENYA works to provide simple, high impact Self- Defense training to as many women and children as possible worldwide. We believe prevention is key in the global rape epidemic. For far too long the overwhelming focus has been on aftercare strategies – this needs to change. It is believed that Self Defense training can raise a woman or child’s chance of prevailing in a sexual assault by up to 85%.
No Means No Worldwide is a comprehensive rape prevention organization for girls and boys. We are a school based program that uses the IMpower system of violence prevention training. We teach classes in 6 week cycles, three times per school year, with the number of students ranging from 7000-9000 per cycle.
We believe the best response to the epidemic of sexual assault is to provide our male and female students with an awareness of the causes and effects of sexual gender based violence and the skills to intervene or prevent it.
You many not live in Kenya but the need for effective self defense for females is important worldwide. Consider a self defense course or workshop for your safety.
Bullying is everywhere. From the internet to school to afterschool activities, kids can be bullied anywhere. We can recognize the warning signs of bullying, but we also want the kids in our community to be prepared for all situations to stand against bullying. There are things we can do to help our kids from becoming targets:
Stop. Listen. Communicate.
Talk to your kids everyday about their day. Listen to what they say about their day — from school to social events.
One of the best things you can do for your child is talk to them about bullying before it even happens. Ask your child what they would do in certain situations, and let them problem solve without using violence. Tell them anecdotes of relationships you had growing up, embarrassments, fears, mistakes, or failures, and what you did in situations. Teach them that they don’t need to take all situations personally. Saying that can be easier than doing. Learning to self calm and problem solve can help. Mental exercises can be done with parents or teachers and can help your child identify their goal, figure out what steps to take, and evaluate the success of those actions.
When you notice your child having positive self esteem, praise them for it. Show them what it means to walk confidently. Let them know that you think it’s good when they stand up for what they believe in.
Don’t do all of the talking. Give your child a chance to tell you what’s going on, and listen patiently.
Remove the Tempations
Things like lunch money or technology can make your kids an easy target, if they’re not able to defend themselves.
Be an Example
First, don’t bully your child or others in front of them. Don’t gossip, hit, or ridicule others. Sometimes when a kid is bullying at school, they are replicating what they’ve seen at home.
If you see others being bullied, do what you can to stop it immediately, whether it’s your child doing the bullying or not. Encourage your child to help others in need.
Learn what your child’s school has setup for bully prevention. If there isn’t a program, talk to teachers, other parents, and adults to see what you can do to get one started.
Get a protocol of what to do if bullying happens and who to talk to, including teachers, social workers, counselors, and the principal. If the situation remains unattended to, reach out to other administrators, including the school board or other school personnel.
Extracurricular Activities Such as Karate in East Mesa
After school activities like karate can help your child become well-balanced. Exercise can help with anxiety, which can lead to better peer relationships.
Additionally, extracurricular activities like karate can give your child a chance to meet positive and motivating friends that share the same interests. At the karate school, we encourage positive relationships with adults through our knowledgeable and caring instructors. We also want kids to have connections with positive role models that may include extended family members, teachers, and other adults.
If you want to learn more about what we teach and believe, call us at 480-986-7177 or fill out or online form.