Judo Shows Promise for Kids With Autism

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[Source:  Psych Central]

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may benefit socially and physically from participating in judo, a martial art form that uses unarmed combat to train the mind and body, according to a new pilot study of 14 children conducted at the University of Central Florida.

“While karate, a form of martial arts, has documented benefits for the autism population related to social interaction, we hypothesized that the emphasis on mindfulness and self-defense promoted by judo would provide additional benefits for ASD youth,” said Dr. Jeanette Garcia, an assistant professor in the College of Health Professions and Sciences who led the study.

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