How Martial Arts Helps those with ADD/ADHD, Autism and Dyslexia written by: Master McCorry
Kids are the joy of a society - their laughter, chatter and playfulness bring happiness to a family. One cannot help being alarmed and depressed at the rates by which more and more kids being diagnosed with autism nowadays. The much-dreaded word Autistic Spectrum includes a wide range of conditions like ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADD and Dyslexia. In fact, many autistic children are wonderfully wired – their abilities range from heightened reasoning to eidetic memory. However, being in the spectrum also limits a kid in many ways. With proper care, an autistic kid could be brought back to normal life. Drugs: a Solution? Recently psychiatrists have started prescribing psychotropic drugs to children diagnosed with ADHD, Autism and Dyslexia. The effectiveness of these drugs is a topic of debate. There is always the concern of side effects. The situation becomes even more complicated when the diagnosed children are preschoolers in most cases. Is there a solution that is better than artificial medication? The answer is yes.
Martial Arts for Kids with ADHD, Autism and Dyslexia
Engaging in martial arts can change the lives of kids in the autistic spectrum. Wisconsin University conducted a study in 2010 which proved that martial arts actually helped selected autistic children to shed their inhibitions.
Martial arts helps to increase the quality of life of autistic children in many ways: · Martial arts helps kids with inattention and prolonged hyperactivity to refocus their attention. Parents of hyperactive kids are often afraid of teaching them martial arts. In fact, martial arts do not boost aggressiveness; instead, it helps hyperactive kids to become less aggressive. ·Martial arts teach autistic kids the lessons of mingling and communication – the two aspects that they find difficult. Martial arts foster courtesy, mutual respect and sociability. ·Martial arts helps hyperactive kids to limit their activities, feelings and craving for attention. They become more passive. Martial arts acts as an outlet through which hyperactive kids can dispose their excess energy. Martial arts refines the cognitive process of children and helps them to think clearly, rationally and quickly. Dyslexic kids can overcome their fundamental learning difficulties through martial arts ·Compulsive repetition of stereotypical movements and love for order are symptoms in autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Such kids repeat their activities. Some of them retrace their steps constantly. Some arrange things in order repeatedly. Washing hands repeatedly is another symptom. Repetitive movements in martial arts quench such compulsions to certain extend and help to reduce repetitive activities. · Autistic kids often take things literally. They sometimes do not comprehend complicated notions, for example, sarcasm. Some kids cannot associate a succession of information quickly. Their brain does not keep up with the quick procession of information. Martial arts helps them to visualize things and overcome such problems to certain extent.
Bruce McCorry’s Martial Arts for Autistic Kids Bruce McCorry’s Martial Arts Center, Peabody MA is one of the best martial arts institutions in the US. Many autistic kids have found a new life through martial arts training at Bruce McCorry’s. Friendly instruction is the basis on which the academy bases its training. The masters at the academy have years of experience in all aspects of martial arts. The academy believes that specially abled kids are truly gifted, and with proper steering, they too can lead a successful life.