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How Karate is helping my special needs children
Karate is therapy
As a mother of two special needs children, life can be hard and unfortunately expensive. Being special needs means different types of therapies that are quit frankly very expensive, especially when your insurance doesn't want to pay for it. Since our insurance doesn't want to pay for some therapies at all and very little on others, I had to come up with ways to either pay for it myself or find cheaper versions of it. I was able to do the cheaper versions more successfully then paying for the therapies due to the fact that the cost of one therapy session could pay for my children to participate in both swimming and gymnastics for 2 months at a time. However even after two years of swimming and gymnastics they were still struggling with their motor skills and social skills so I had to look for something else, what I found was Karate.
Karate helps my children with their with balance, coordination, discipline, self esteem, self control, muscle tone, hand and eye coordination and lastly social skills. Plus the Master teaches them stranger danger and how to deal with bullies. The progress that my children have made after 3 months is amazing. My daughter no longer needs physical therapy and her occupational therapist can now concentrate on her nystagmus, vertigo and sensory input since she gets help with motor and social skills by going to Karate twice a week. My son on other hand has not been able to receive therapy since he was six because of our insurance so Karate is a God send.
You may ask how can my special needs children keep up with normal children in the class but the Master is very understanding and gives them one on one instruction which allows them to advance like the other children. My children are very happy when they finally get the technique and smile from ear to ear. Watching them excel so much faster in Karate then they have in other extra curricular activities is absolutely wonderful. They want to go to class and don't have fits when it is time to go which makes life a little bit easier.
My advice to parents of special needs children who are able to participate in Karate is do it. The results may surprise you, I know they have with me.