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Jenna Lynn Hanks reviewed Leaders for Life Martial Arts
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This place is amazing beyond words and the people are the most upstanding, generous, honest and great teachers! My son begs to go everyday! I was impressed from day one and it only gets better!!

Angela Lentz reviewed Leaders for Life Martial Arts
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This place is great! Not only is the curriculum great, but the staff is great as well. It is convenient for after school care and I feel like my kids are doing something they like and actually learning something rather than watching movies and coloring which is what they did at past day cares. You can tell the staff have a passion for their job and care about your child's success. I could not have made a better decision for after school care for my kids!

Stephanie Garrett reviewed Leaders for Life Martial Arts
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After spending three years forcing our children to go to karate classes, we decided to change schools. We have been at ATA kemah for almost three months. I was amazed that my children are wanting to be in every extra class, not wanting to leave, and having the time of their lives. Their technique is improving and their skills are being challenged. We really love the small classes, attention to detail, the opportunity to spar at competitions, and the teachers desire to help every student learn. Did I mention parents can take class too as part of the family plan they offer. Kickboxing is so much fun! Come join the fun and learning.

Chrystal Tennyson reviewed Leaders for Life Martial Arts
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Excellent instructors & great environment! We love LFL!

Thomas Johnson reviewed Leaders for Life Martial Arts
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A Martial Arts School that is so much more. A great group of Instructors that will challenge you to meet your goals, for adults, children,and parents. Creating Tomorrows Leaders Today.

Nina Lee reviewed Leaders for Life Martial Arts
5
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Leaders for Life really has changed my life. After I saw a difference in my sister, I was eager to join the team. My sister’s overall confidence, self-motivation, self-discipline and leadership skills have improved significantly. She’s on her way to being a wonderful leader now and she couldn’t have done it without Leaders for Life. They really do create leaders from the inside out, and it’s not just for kids, but adults too. Every child and adult can and will live a better life once they become part of the Leaders for Life family. Thank you so much team L4L!!!

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Physical Development for Children on the Spectrum

As defined by the American Psychiatric Association, “Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental condition that involves persistent challenges in social interaction, speech and nonverbal communication, and restricted/repetitive behaviors.” And while this is at the core of ASD, what tends to get overlooked are the significant difficulties that some with ASD face in relation to movement and motor planning.

In the early years, children with ASD are typically behind in their gross motor development by about 6 months in comparison to their non-ASD peers. As children get older, physical challenges are more apparent when it comes to fitness and sports. They typically have poor muscular strength, coordination, balance, and endurance. Because of this, a lot of parents are hesitant to enroll their child in a physical program. And, although it can be challenging for the child at first, the benefits far outweigh the problems that come along with a sedentary, isolated lifestyle.

The key to the success of improved motor skills is to find a program that is specifically designed for children with ASD, with this goal in mind. Since most programs only focus on the social difficulties associated with ASD, it is very hard to find resources that address the physical problems as well. And while there are programs and sports that work to include these children, it can be overwhelming to them because they often have sensory issues and problems associated with processing complex rules.

In order to provide another resource for children with ASD, the Leaders for Life program was developed to give them a specially designed class to focus on better attention span, preliminary skills, and social skills. The added physical benefit comes from using elements of traditional Martial Arts curriculums to build skills that are appropriate for these children.

In addition, the instructors are also trained to understand the needs of children with ASD so that they can better communicate with and reach them. The instructors also break down the rules in an easy to follow format and physically demonstrate this to the class. This helps the students process the rules and see exactly what is expected.

One of the many drills in this program is called “Laser Jumps.” In this drill,the instructor uses a foam noodle to move across the ground at varying speeds. The students are asked to jump over the noodle using both feet at one time, to bring their knees up, and to keep jumping even when they get tired. This drill helps to build their stamina and strength in their legs.

As you can see the Spectrum Leaders for Life program is an innovative method for working with children with ASD. Not only does it address the typical problems associated with ASD such as lack of social, communication, and processing skills but it also addresses the lack of fundamental motor skills. This means that children will learn and grow at a pace that is fun and meets their needs while being challenging enough to help foster development.