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Testimony From Shuang
Testimony from Fouzia
"We made the decision to enroll our son Joshua at Autismekarate because he was really struggling with focus and self-control at school and home. Joshua has ASD combined with ADHD. He has tried several team sports such as Soccer and Hockey etc., but has always found them too overwhelming. I had read previously that Karate worked well for children with disabilities. The process of learning Karate naturally encourages the development of focus, confidence, self-respect, and respect for others. Psychologists consider Karate as a form of Occupational & Behavioral Therapy for adults and children living with ADHD and Autism.
Our goal was to help our son gain interest in an activity that would improve his confidence and help with his concentration, coordination and physical activity. At the beginning Joshua was not interested and the first class he was on the bike for most of the time. Second time almost the same, then better however still very hyperactive and ran all over the room and ran out of the room sometimes, also liked switching lights on and off. The first two months it was a disaster, we had to hold Joshua in the arms to practice one by one with him. Gradually we have noticed the improvement from Joshua and he started following the instructors and two weeks ago Joshua has reached his best at the Karate course, he was not distracted at all and followed the instructor from the very beginning until the end! Our goals were far exceeded at this point!
Karate practice at Autismekarate ever since has become a great way for our son to release energy and build concentration. It has also taught him that if he is willing to work hard, he can achieve his goals. We have gained a lot of new friendships from other parents and have developed a great support system at Autismekarate . The instructors Andre and Philippe are a fantastic group of role models who make Joshua feel special and we have a lot of respect for them. His self-control and focus has really grown over the past a few months. We are excited to watch our son grow Autismekarate where supports special needs children their differences, and challenges their goals. Pratice at Autismekarate is no longer just an activity or hobby for us parents , it’s an investment in our children. We are so grateful and appreciative of how much Autismekarate and Andre has given to our son and family and encourage anyone and everyone to participate at Autismekarate! "
Karaté classes offered by Mr Andre Langevin for children with all different levels of autism is an effective method that helped my son improving his social interactions, emotions and verbal communication.
I came across Autisme karaté after three months of our arrival To Canada. From the first meeting with Mr Andre we had the impression that we belong to his team since a long time.
The first courses were very difficult for my 7 years old son Ahmed with autism spectrum,he was not interested at all,was running aimlessly all around,we were feeling bad as he was disturbing the others so we decided to stop.Mr André convinced me that if we carry on karaté classes ,we will not regret it though it seemed hard.
After one year training,the results are amazing.Just the fact to see his instructor
repeating the sequences of attack and defence made Ahmed more concentrated on his course.
Additionnaly,I will admit that Autisme karaté not only helps Ahmed To improve his behaviour but also balance memory and flexibility. All these things are confirmed by his teacher at school as well.
We can also notice that repetitive movements accompanied by instructions help autistic children to pay more attention.
Now, Ahmed can t wait for sundays to attend his karate class.
We are very satisfied and thank you so much Mr Andre and all the members of the team.we are grateful for all what you do for our kids.
Testimony of Samuel’s parents
Samuel is now green belt after 3 years of Karate
Samuel and karate
Our son Samuel is 11 years old and he suffers from cerebral palsy. His handicap is more mental than physical but he his a bit stiff on the left side of his body. It is not easy to find physical activities for a child who is different or has difficulities learning. We were lucky. A classmate of Samuel’s had a ad for karate classes that were offered to people like our son.
I have to admit that at the beginning, we were sceptical at the thought that Samuel could follow such a course that required a certain discipline. We quickly saw improvement in his balance and orientation ( left and right). He had to work very hard when it came to coordinate his limbs. The karate courses also showed him how to work as a team and an interest in learning the Katas. Samuel discovered the importance of being present and punctual to classes. He loves this sport and feels at home. It is for him a big personal accomplishment. This activity provides him with pride that he hadn’t felt so far in his life.
As parents, we’ve noticed that in his day to day life, Samuel developed confidence in himself and his abilities. This course made our families lives better and we are very happy to have taken the initiative to sign him up for these karate classes.
Thank you André, you have transformed our little boy. You have provided him with wings to fly in a certain way. Week after week, Samuel is blooming and for us, his parents, it’s all the difference.
Marco and Sonia
Translated from french
J’ai fait des arts martiaux pendant plusieurs années. Je voulais en faire avec mes enfants. Mais avec Samuel, 4 ans, autiste asperger et Thomas, 3 ans, hypothèse de tdah, il nous fallait un cours adapté! Après avoir entendu parler d’Autisme Karaté, nous nous sommes donc présentés en novembre 2014 pour assister à un cours. Au début, Samuel est resté assis et a observé le groupe. C’est sa façon à lui d’apprendre à être à l’aise dans un nouvel endroit. Ensuite, il a demandé de participer un peu. Au deuxième cours, il a demandé à ce que son frère Thomas vienne avec nous. Je n’ai vu que de l’amélioration depuis. Plus les semaines avancent, plus les enfants prennent plaisir à participer et ils sont très fiers de leur réussite. Ce n’était pas évident au début qu’on allait pouvoir continuer. On a persévéré car je crois énormément aux bienfaits des arts martiaux sur le corps et l’esprit. Samuel est beaucoup plus confiant pour faire des activités physiques. Thomas arrive à se concentrer pour la durée d’un cours, ce qui est énorme pour lui. André est très patient et sait bien approcher nos enfants.
Julie Thibault, asperger, maman de Samuel (6 ans, asperger) et Thomas (4 ans, hypothèse tdah)