Studies show that martial arts can be an effective way to build motor control through the repetition of movement in people on the autism spectrum. This helps both the motor and planning areas of the brain. It is also offers a great form of exercise in a group setting where socialization can be increased, while still allowing the individual to move at his or her own pace. Martial Arts is a great way to keep them physically active and engaged. This improves overall physical and emotional well-being.
Meet Sensei Al Loren
Al Loren has taught over 300,000 martial arts classes in 27 years. Al instructs kids, teens, adults, and seniors in multiple forms of martial arts including Karate, Aikido, T’ai Chi. Al was the 1986 National champion in Karate. He teaches in Marin County and San Francisco. He has had great success working with children to adulthood who are on the autism spectrum and finds that it increases balance and coordination, motor skills, muscle strength, gives confidence and offers self defense.
Al Loren’s success comes from being compassionate and understanding the sensitivity necessary for each unique individual. Know that each accomplishment, however small, is a big deal. Building self esteem and trust through connection is key.
Please join me for my podcast interview #53 with Al Loren, an expert in martial arts who specializes in working with children on the autism spectrum and those with other special needs.
In my podcast #184 interview with Al Loren, we discuss the benefits of martial arts and his success methods for working with children and adults on the autism spectrum which are found in his new book, Martial Arts on the Autism Spectrum.
How To Find A Quality Martial Arts Instructor For Autism
To find a quality teacher of martial arts google, “martial arts instructors who teach autism”. Take a look at their website and call or email them with any questions. Use your instincts to know if they feel like a good fit for your child.
Al Loren’s book, Martial Arts on the Autism Spectrum
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Please also listen to my podcast interview of Mary’s inspirational success story with her son Kevin’s transformation from anxiety ridden to calm, happy, and a teen leader in his youth camp.
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- Improved communication
- A healthier immune system so they can stay well (and not be sick all the time).
- Better sleep (if they sleep better, so do you).
- Ability to focus and learn
- Greater digestive absorption of nutrition (and no more stomach aches)
- Calmer moods (reduce or remove irritability and violence)
Quickly Reduce Your Child’s Symptoms
of Autism by Eliminating 7 Specific Foods that Most People Consume Daily!
The first crucial step of autism recovery is to begin restoring health to the gut and the immune system.
The health of the gut is directly linked to the health of the brain and therefore to the symptoms of autism. In fact, 80% of the immune system comes from the gut so if the gut is not healthy, then the brain can’t thrive, and the immune system is compromised. It’s a vicious cycle, but thankfully, it’s one that we can put an end to by first eliminating harmful foods.