Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome

Aikido, a non-competitive, non-violent martial art offers a unique opportunity for children with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). Where organized sports are often not viable for the AS child, aikido most often involves structured work with a single partner. Not only may issues of AS kids be addressed via practice, but also classes may incorporate AS kids with peers. Those teaching aikido can be successful with AS kids given basic education about AS and tools for structuring their teaching in a manner that invites participation from children with Asperger’s Sydrome.