Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Hii - ya!



When Ethan started tae-kwon-do in January, I wasn’t sure how long this activity would last. Ethan’s lack of coordination, due to his autism, makes sports hard for him, and he gets discouraged easily. But the teachers at the tae-kwon-do studio have been so encouraging. When Ethan forgets the movements of a routine, they patiently help him through it. All the hard work paid off when Ethan moved up to a orange belt last week. The spring in his step when he walks into the studio now makes me think this sport is a keeper.

11 comments:

the mama bird diaries said...

Congrats to Ethan. That's so great!!

StatMama said...

That is really cool! Sometimes an interest combined with good instruction can really help them improve the balance and coordination issues. Both of my kids have done well in gymnastics, despite my serious concerns that the sport would be a fleeting and unsuccessful endeavor. I've learned that children are full of wonderful surprises!

mylfieasitis said...

Congrats to your son!
Adam started TKD when he was 4 and is testing for his 2nd degree in 2 weeks. I absolutely love what TKD has given him.
One of the instructors and myself started an adapted TKD for kids more impacted with autism and other mild disabilities - we just opened a 3rd class and we still have a wait list!

pixiemama said...

AWESOME!
I just love it when our kids blow us away like that.

xo

hokgardner said...

Good for Ethan!

kristi said...

Wow..that is fantastic!

laughingatchaos said...

That is just awesome! :) I'm so glad it's working for him!

Kathleen said...

Thats fantastic cathy, i am glad it is working out. mines does some at the little gym and he loves it. Might be interested in hearing where you go as we will soon be too old for his current class

MaryAnn Ashley said...

Go Ethan! Kick some butt!

Jannie Funster said...

yay!!! That's just the best.

Our Kelly yhas been taking Kung Fu for a year and a half. Those belt promotions are the bomb! Hope he likes it and sticks with it.

Congrats!

suzannah said...

yay! i'm so glad he's found something that he enjoys:)