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Old 12-16-2012, 04:29 AM   #7
Dojo: Ren Shin Kan
Location: Birmingham
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 357
United Kingdom
Re: Student Selectively Learning

Hello all,

really difficult situation. I can only recount my own experiences in a similar vein.

I've got a student who started about 8 years ago as a junior with ADHD and some learning difficulties.

He still can't take ukeme properly, forgets techniques week to week and gets frustrated (he's now 18) with himself and others.

BUT his behaviour has improved, both on and off the mat - he's now at mainstream college; doing a vocational apprenticeship type course and his family and previous school attribute this to the discipline and more importantly increased self esteem gained through Aikido practice.

All I can say is be as patient as it sounds like he is prepared to be. We've all become very fond of our "problem child" and hopefullty he's taught us as much as we've taught him.
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