Sensory Taekwon-Do is a unique Martial Arts Program for children on the spectrum. It is a breakthrough martial arts program custom designed for each child's neurological profile.
The core of this program is extracted from cutting edge neurological studies that incorporate movement exercise to help create healthier pathways in the brain.
By stimulating areas in the brain that incorporate balance, body awareness, muscle coordination, strength and working memory, we can promote growth and improve connectivity.
Children on the spectrum are often affected by a wide range of symptoms. To be effective treatment requires a whole brain, whole body approach. We achieve this by incorporating a diverse one-to-one treatment program which includes nutritional coaching.
Sensory Taekwon-do incorporates the senses during the sessions. The auditory is stimulated by playing music specifically designed to right brain and left brain functions. Visual senses are used when students are modeling the instructor. Vestibular encompasses balance and this worked on heavily during the session. Proprioceptive involves the sense of position of your body parts. Students must use this sense to focus on where they are placing their own body parts are they are performing the martial art exercise. The tactile or sense of touch is brought in throughout the session with the climbing wall, balls and other equipment that is used during the group.
Studies show that students who participate in after-school activities have higher academic achievement, improved social competence, higher aspirations, and other benefits, compared with students who do not. The news is that youth with disabilities benefit even more than the non-disabled. Check in with us in the summer for a complete schedule for Fall 2015!
Our completely matted sensory motor gym is an awesome place to have a birthday celebration for special needs as well as typical children. We are equipped with a jumpy castle, rock wall, unique swings, balance beams, zip line and more. We provide a fun form of martial arts, safe and organized use equipment, arts and crafts session and fun group games. We can supply the food or bring in your own. The party director is Ms. JoAnn Lavelli, who is a second grade NYC school teacher along with Dr. Kerry Escamilla, who specializes in learning disabilities and hold a second Dan in TKD.