Dave Humm wrote:
Lynn, your brainstorming is spot on
His co-ordination is, I think, the main problem but he doesn't seem to have a problem outside the dojo which suggests to me its an 'Aiki' thing rather than a physical or medical issue (but that's just my non medical opinion of course)
IMHO, rhythm train, meaning, show him a 90-degree and 180-degree Ashi-sabaki Tenkan pattern. Have him put on some music with a slow easy beat. Have him work the footwork with the music. Its a lot like dancing. He can also shadow-box by going through techniques with a definite beat and rhythm.
Also, skipping rope really helps with the coordination.