How on earth do I have the time to put my child in Karate for the summer? That’s the craziest, most hectic time of the year!
I hear this one a lot from concerned parents who have been approaching summer with that “half happy, half terrified” feeling in their gut. For parents with special needs children, Summer is a time of increased stress, changed priorities, and often times upset children.
All children go through a readjustment period as summer begins and school ends, but for the child with special needs, this adjustment can be especially difficult. For children with ASD it can be down right traumatic!
Parents are faced with an extra 6 hours a day without the structure and support of school. It’s no picnic for them.
The answer to many of the issues is – not surprising considering the nature of this blog – Martial Arts.
Martial arts have exactly one drawback to the hectic summer schedule you are facing – you have to schedule the time to drive there, attend class, and drive back.
The good news is that this schedule is set – no surprises waiting for you next week or next month. It’s an easy thing to plan around twice a week.
The benefits to Martial Arts in the summer are many:
- It provides STRUCTURE! Having a routine in the summer can be a calming and anxiety easing point of reference for your special needs child.
- It provides a physical outlet for a child that is used to being in school 6 hours a day and now finds himself at home in an unstructured environment.
- It provides a brief respite for the parents as they have a reliable and trustworthy adult leading their children in an activity that is pretty much the perfect length of time for the parents to go grab a coffee and remember what it’s like to talk to an adult!
In essence, the main issue with Summer Karate is that your summer is too chaotic to swing it, while in reality Karate is the best thing to reign in that chaos and give you and your children just a little respite from the unstructured settings that promote that chaos.
Here at 1WK we offer two ways to get that respite – we have classes twice a week and we have a FIVE HOUR LONG Saturday Summer camp that is currently being completely under utilized.
Imagine your child in a fun, engaging social and physical activity for 5 HOURS while you are able to get a little relaxation / work / conversation / nap in at home!
Yeah – I thought that would get your attention. PLEASE contact us if you are interested in either classes or summer camp. Just showing up is no guarantee you can be fit in – class and camp sizes are very limited.
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