Preventing Child Abuse in Martial Arts
You and your child have just finished a family movie night at home. You made popcorn, with extra butter, drank Root Beer and had a blast watching the latest Karate Kid movie. You smiled as your child jumped off the couch and threw punches and kicks into the air around the living room all the while yelling, “Hi Yah!”
The next day your child asks, “Can I take Karate, Mom?”
You pause for a moment before answering.
A quip that made the rounds when I was a teenager went " I believe normalcy is vastly overrated." We usually pulled it out when some adult complained our bizarre behavior, behavior that we chose to do just to have fun and act like goofs.
Our society is replete with what is Normal. There are normal I.Q. scores, normal test scores for PSAT's, SAT's, and other normalized tests. 120/80 is your normal blood pressure. Recently we have been treated to a number called a Body Mass Index that
To begin let me reiterate a statement I made in an earlier blog, special needs persons are just like you and me, they are all individuals.
So if you are a parent you can relate when I say you worried about your child when they first went to school, tried out for a sport, got hurt, got sick, etc.
With normal kids it's a painful but fairly quick progression to fear of their first driving a car, going away to college, first day on the job, etc.
Along with mental difficulties the MA teacher may be faced with with physical limitations as well. Perhaps the student has only one arm that functions. or is missing part of a leg. Some students can't open their fingers, they're permanently curled. Some will have asthma or balance problems.
There is one general piece of recommendation I can give when teaching persons with such problems, adapt the technique to the person, don't try to adapt the person to the technique. Some techniques
I asked Robert if he would be interested in such a topic. With the rising rates of Autism in society it is almost guaranteed that everyone will at some point encounter a person who is either mentally or physically challenged.
Why did I choose to blog about this. Well they say you should write about what you know. I have worked for over 33 years in the M.R. field, many of the people I deal with carry dual diagnoses. I am also a parent of 4 children who are diagnosed with Autism. So