Thread: Autism and Judo

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    Autism and Judo

    Hello.
    My son is 5 years old and had autism.Can he learn Judo?
    I have the goal to when he is 7 years old to learn Judo, but is this possible? Do you had any experience whit special people in your dojo?
    Thank you very much.

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    Depends on how severe is his autism, but there are judo teachers that work with autistic children and adults. You should contact your federation and see if they can refer you to somebody in your area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geofa View Post
    Hello.
    My son is 5 years old and had autism.Can he learn Judo?
    I have the goal to when he is 7 years old to learn Judo, but is this possible? Do you had any experience whit special people in your dojo?
    Thank you very much.
    You may find these threads helpful, after my initial misgivings it turned into quite a productive and useful thread:
    http://judoforum.com/index.php?/topi...hl__assburgers

    I personally have no experience with working with kids or anyone with, medically diagnosable, psychological issues - definitely met some lunatics in my time though - so will bow out after this and leave it to those with experience.

    However, as a general guide you will need a patient and understanding Judo coach and lots of communication with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geofa View Post
    Hello.
    My son is 5 years old and had autism.Can he learn Judo?
    I have the goal to when he is 7 years old to learn Judo, but is this possible? Do you had any experience whit special people in your dojo?
    Thank you very much.
    We actually have an mma program geared towards younger children on the spectrum in our city.

    Generally, kids can react differently, they can get overwhelmed with the noise and activity. But I've seen kids do well regardless of whether they are more midrange or go into the realm of Aspergers.

    www.mma4a.org

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    In my Judo class we had a guy with some level of Autism, never figured out how much.
    Obviously the level of autism is important, but I can tell you I've met a kid who handled it well enough.
    There was a thread on the website a while back about grappling and mental issues, you can try searching for it I don't remember what it was called, I'll try finding it if you can't.

    It might be a good idea, but check the instructor out well, and get a feel for the group first, to see if it fits your child's needs.

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    @OP:
    A lot of autistic (as well as ADD/ADHD) children
    do quite well in individual activities like ma, and
    swimming, but not so well in group/team activities
    (baseball, volleyball, football, soccer, etc.).

    Judo should be fine, as long as the instructor is
    aware of the limitations/challenges/needs of the
    type and level of autism present. Most individual
    pursuits challenge the autistic child at it's core -
    needing sustained focus, and also gives it's own
    immediate rewards. Martial arts practice is like that.

    My sister finally got my niece away from the team
    sports her sisters play (which always made her very
    frustrated and angry). I talked her into trying ma.

    After trying out a few classes, we found one she felt
    comfortable in (the biggest class - go figure), and in
    the six months she's been there, she has improved at
    almost the normal rate for her age (12), and has even
    excelled in sparring!

    She has since started swimming, which she also does
    well in. I think bowling may be next? Even her school
    work is steadily improving. Her tutors have even started
    to re-integrate her into her normal class activities as
    she improves in her concentration and learning skills.

    Good luck!
    `~/

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