This is a beautiful letter recently sent to me by our special customers, Susan and Pat Gallagher, regarding their twelve year old daughter, Emily, who suffers from developmental delay due to DiGeorge Syndrome and related con-genitive birth defects.
To Soke Mick Perry
Presently, as of this third week of January, 2016, Emily has now had 40 lessons in Karate Martial Arts training. The following are some observations about Emily’s progress with private one-on-one lessons with Soke, the Grand master teacher, and ourselves.
During the lessons we learned concepts from Two Dragons Karate school that facilitate Emily’s new levels of progress. These include a greater attention span, focus, confidence and respect. Emily has thrived from embracing positive routines and her unique learning curve has been successfully enhanced, expanded and awakened to new levels of ability and a greater willingness to learn, especially because of Soke’s kinetic/tactile approach for Emily’s case.
The learning environment at Two Dragons Karate has been and will continue to be an important place for Emily to thrive and build a stronger learning curve, which in turn has been beneficial for Emily’s grade school. Her teachers have made many positive statements about Emily’s good behavior and consistent progress with her school work. Even though Emily is non-verbal and only communicates with gestures and the use of picture icons, her social skills are improving and maturing, too. We have been encouraging her to make “vocal murmuring sounds” in addition to “signing” and perhaps, thanks to the experiences at Two Dragons Karate, Emily could potentially learn to speak.
This is the inspiration we have received from Soke, his wife Michelle and the staff at Two Dragons Karate. We highly recommend this school for not only mainstream students, but especially for special needs and developmentally delayed students.