Students with mild to moderate Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or sensory issues can enjoy great success in the Martial Arts. Most parents tell us that it is really challenging to find the right “fit” when choosing activities for a child with ASD. We hear you. We’d love to meet your child.
We connect to your child’s strengths
Our first focus is making a connection with people. Every student has something they are passionate about, and something they love to do. Whether it’s their honesty and directness, or their encyclopedic knowledge of something they truly enjoy, or the unique way they think about things, we will try to make connections. We have plenty of time to help with any martial arts challenges as they continue to train with us.
We provide semi-private instruction
Grandmaster DeMasco was the first in the martial arts to develop his semi-private model of instruction. He knew that a combination of semi-private lessons and group classes was the best way for every student to have direct contact with instructors, get the training they need, and feel great about the martial arts. His model is particularly successful for students with sensory issues and mild to moderate ASD. Each child’s program is custom designed, and not every child can access the full program right away. But your local SDSS Certified Instructor has been trained by Grandmaster himself to create a program in the best interest of your child’s success.
We provide a different kind of learning
In the martial arts, kids learn with their body and their mind. Striking bags and doing martial exercises helps channel energy, and provides much needed sensory input. Working in small and large groups helps students function in school and in social settings. Consistency and routines can provide a grounding anchor, both physically and emotionally. Over time, the martial arts can help students develop skills to manage their condition and achieve success.
Real success. Not a “quick fix.”
Everyone’s journey is personal, and there are never any guarantees. But, over the years, we’ve seen students do everything we talk about here, and make it all the way to black belt. It takes years of a genuine partnership between the instructor and the parents. It takes an investment. But, together, we can make a profound difference in the life of your child.
Contact your local SDSS for a trial lesson. Begin the journey that will last a lifetime.