Kids with Special Needs
Because Tai Chi works on the inside of the body it helps to relieve the sense of inner turmoil so many of us feel. It can alleviate stomachaches, nervousness, fear, anger and frustration.
Tai Chi Moves for KidsÓ slows us down so we can think and feel. It is not complicated. It doesn’t have to be done exactly right. There is no competition. No race to be first. No need to be best. The important thing is to relax, feel the energy and find a feeling of peace. As we slow down the internal energy can flow to all parts of the body. The visualization is peaceful. There is a nice warm feeling inside.
A study at the University of Miami, Touch Research Institute showed that adolescents with ADHD showed improved behavior, less daydreaming and hyperactivity after just 10 sessions of Tai Chi.
Kids with sever physical disabilities can do the moves sitting, lying down, using just the legs or arms or even just the trunk of the body. The results have been outstanding. The children feel the internal flow of energy.
Blind children have said they love the visualization and the imitation of nature.
Studies have shown that Tai Chi helps middle school students who exhibit violence or aggressive behavior become calmer. (2002 Adolescence. Vol 36, Issue 143) (Adolescence. Volume 33, Issue 1) (Human Relations, Volume 39, Issue 12)
Tai Chi helps students get in touch with their own feelings. They begin to anticipate an emotion that is coming on so they are prepared to handle it. As they gain self-control they begin to believe in themselves.
An autistic girl stood on one foot to tie her shoe. She looked at her mother. “I can do it because I do Tai Chi.” She felt proud. Her new self-esteem led to more success.
When we begin to understand ourselves it is easier to cooperate and understand others.
I hope you will read some of the success stories of children’s reactions to simplified Tai Chi practice.