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Participating students include those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Mood, and Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Hyper/Hypotonia, and those still undergoing testing. Prospective students' disabilities or conditions do not have to be among those listed to participate.
The combination of full class, partner, and individual instruction helps promote group participation, age-appropriate interaction, internal motivation and goal setting. Students are taught using visual and auditory cues and incorporating touch if and when beneficial. They are evaluated for their stripes and belts based on a modified curriculum as well as their abilities and personal growth. After the first few classes, specific physical and/or behavioral goals are created by the staff for each student to guide their work over the course of the session.
This is a growing and dynamic program committed to a communal and collaborative process. By working, sharing, and learning together we maintain a strong but flexible structure that can grow along with its students.