The Mini Dragons instructor has successfully worked with students who have speech and language delays, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, autism, dyspraxia, asthma, cancer and children who speak little or no English. Structured physical programs such as karate can have a positive influence in developing concentration, self-confidence, and group participation.
Through her academic teaching career, Lois Shultz has integrated children with all of these challenges in the karate program. In other teaching arenas she has handled children with severe hearing and visual impairments, children needing braces, crutches, and wheel chairs, and children with moderate to severe developmental delays, and aggressive behaviors.
Because children with special needs may require more time to develop a level of comfort and success in any program, Mini Dragons welcomes these children to observe, try partial participation, and use parental assistance as necessary. Each child will be encouraged to participate as fully as possible during each lesson to optimize independence and success. Arrangements can be made for challenged children to participate in one or more free classes before signing up to evaluate the benefits and success of their participation in our program.
While Mini Dragons is specifically geared toward preschool children between the ages of three and four, consideration for special needs children five years of age or those enrolled in a preschool or Kindergarten program at any age will be taken into account. Participation will be considered for these children based on the judgment of the instructor and parents/guardians, and on the child's level of comfort. However, the final enrollment decision is at the discretion of the instructor.
Parents and guardians of special needs children are welcome to visit at any class time to observe the class and speak with parents who currently have children enrolled. Lois will be happy to discuss any concerns or strategies for integrating any child into the program for a successful and productive learning experience. You may also contact Lois directly at 717-379-6574 to discuss your child's needs.
- Parenting Special Needs by About.com offers articles and links to a variety of challenges including autism, adhd, developmental delays, and more. Other subjects include equipment, therapy, intervention, and issues of interest.
- Parenting a Special Needs Child by Paige includes information and links for families with members that have Spina Bifada, arthritis, bi-polar syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and other life challenges.
- Special Needs Children by BellaOn line offers information on advocacy, IEP goals, early intervention, inclusion education, and many other relevant subjects. It also has a page Martial Arts - Gifted Education which describes the benefits for gifted children in a karate program and offers ideas in locating the right school for your child.