Martial arts is proud to announce that we have added Spectrum Skillz to our class offerings! This program was designed to target children ages 7 and up who are on the autism spectrum. The program introduces specialized skill-based training for children who have limited physical, intellectual, social, and emotional abilities. With that said, more emphasis is placed on building fundamental skills training with a strategic balance of Martial Arts.
By understanding the needs of these children, we have selected 8 skills that make up the Spectrum SKILLZ Program. The third skill we cover is Listening. This is a skill that kids on the spectrum are going to really be able to benefit from because it is something that they can often struggle with.
We have broken the listening skill down into four main types of listening that we’ll be working on with the kids:
- Active Listening – when working on active listening, the kids will listen to something while they’re actually engaging in it as well. For example, if we’re talking about blocks and strikes instead of just having them sit there and just do nothing, they’ll be actively repeating what we say and at times also performing the techniques in order to get them more engaged in what they’re focusing on.
- Empathetic listening – kids on the spectrum sometimes struggle with hearing and understanding the emotions of their friends and others, so as we work on empathetic listening, we work on not only hearing what people are saying, but also understanding the emotion that they’re putting into their words. This will help them pick up on the cues that indicate emotions like sarcasm, or when people are feeling sad or happy.
- Critical listening – Critical listening has to do with being able to listen to solve a problem. What we’re going to be working on with this skill is giving them difficult challenges where they have to listen to a bunch of parts, and then find a solution for the problem that’s being given to them.
- Informational listening – This is listening to learn. This aspect of the listening skill is going to help them get better when they’re in school, when they’re in martial arts classes, or any situation in which they have to be able to listen to information. The goal is to start to help them pick up on the key things that they need to work on for different subjects, and to use their ability to aid them as they go through their school and martial arts training.
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