The CDC and prevention says that one in 68 children in the U.S. have autism spectrum disorder. Many children who are on the spectrum find it hard to fit into a typical sport environment such as football, basketball, volleyball, etc. CDC says they have noticed a difference in these children in having a more positive social sports experience. Jiu-Jitsu provides a team atmosphere but in an individual setting, whether it is in drilling or rolling. They get to feel the sense of team effort and accomplishments by getting stripes, and congratulatory praise from team mates when they receive stripes. There are many more beneficial reasons of Jiu-Jitsu for children on the spectrum, so please visit this link for more info. https://www.jiujitsubrotherhood.com/5-ways-jiujitsu-benefits-children-autism
BJJ has helped many students with disabilities such as ADD, ADHD and on the Autism Spectrum. The instructors at CGMH have had first hand experience working and training with children and adults who have these developmental disabilities. We encourage you to come in and speak with our team to see what programs are right for you.
"My son started training at Charles Gracie Jiu-Jitsu at almost 4yrs old, I was worried because he was on the spectrum. He wasn't a bad child but he had some serious issues on listening to me, and was quite aggressive to other children. It took a while for him to get used to the environment seeing that he refused to look the instructors in the eye and speaking to them. However I was persistent because I could see the results slowly at home. He is now almost 9yrs old and loves Jiu-Jitsu. Like anything else I still have to motivate him to go, but the change is huge. Most people cannot even recognize that he is on the spectrum. Jiu_Jitsu has been the best for our son."