Recognition of Valuable Contributions to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Nomination Letter for recognition in the area of Sports and Recreation
by Autism Resource Center of Central Massachusetts.
My son Jeremy is a 14 year old boy with Asperger Syndrome. He has never displayed much confidence in himself. Jeremy had tried karate several years ago at a place that claimed to have experience with special needs kids. He had a terrible experience. When I first asked him if he would like to try karate again at New Horizon in an all special needs class I didn't think he would actually go for it. He was excited and wanted to try it out.
It has been the best experience I could ever have hoped for. Master Alty could not be anymore perfect to work with our kids. He has given Jeremy confidence and a better knowledge of how his body works. I could not picture him doing so well with balance issues but Master Alty has a knack for motivating our kids.
I cannot thank him enough for his kindness and ability to motivate these kids. They finish class with him and all come out smiling, proud of their successes.
Master Alty honors their abilities in small steps in between testing for the next belt. I would highly recommend this program to any of the Center families. It has been such a positive experience for us and I can't thank Master Alty enough for his kindness and dedication in creating such a positive experience for our kids.
Jen Brown - Parent
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Master Alty has extensive experience teaching students with a variety of special needs. Over the past more than 30 years he has taught hundreds of students with learning, communication, social, as well as physical challenges.
Students with Hyperactivity, Spectrum Disorders as well as Dyslexia and many other challenges do well with Master Alty's program. New Horizon Karate has consistent structure and rules which allows students to become grounded. The discipline is not heavy handed but rather teaches the student to learn to control themselves.
Many Special Ed students find success in our karate program quickly spreads to the rest of their life. New Horizon Karate's program incorporates the Brain Gym exercises as well as other developmental movements in order to balance the students mind and body. Many martial arts movements cross the planes of the body and use both the creative and logical sides of the brain together. These movements are very helpful to children with Asperger's (Autism) and hyperactivity Classes are taught in group or private settings as is appropriate for the individual student.