Special needs children range from children who have mental disabilities, to personality disabilities, to higher level physically disabled children. One common thread with all of these groups is that they normally don’t get enough attention and what little attention they do get is somewhat negative or forced at the very least. Well, a California martial arts program is trying to change that with martial arts instruction specifically tailored to these special needs kids.
The aforementioned program takes place at Koinonia Christian Fellowship Church in Hanford, California. Up until very recently, they only offered a regular martial arts program as a crafty tie in to their bible study program to help engage the enrolled kids more. Now, they feel they can do even more good by offering a class for special needs kids once a week with plans to potentially extend the program to twice a week in the future. The main purpose is to get the kids to feel more of an overall purpose and sense of importance in life, all the while, learning discipline and focus which some of them do happen to struggle with daily. Many people in the community have gooten behind the project as well as several assistants to the program are just volunteers from around town who are trying to help these kids in need.
Believe it or not, the church says that of the one hundred students that they have enrolled in their regular martial arts program about one third of them are special needs students. So, it only made sense to start a program just for them with specialized instruction and attention. Right now, the program is looking to partner with other local programs and businesses to help fund some perks for the kids like scholarships and newer equipment. If you’re interested in getting involved and/or donating you can contact them here.
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