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WHAT HAS CHANGED?


We have been working really hard to improve the Special Needs Taekwon-Do Book for the future. A lot of time and effort has gone into the 2016 edition to ensure the following:

- There are a lot of methods how to work with those on a one on one basis who have autism and various intellectual disabilities. Previous versions were very limited in this respect.

- The 2016 edition has an impressive design and layout. The previous editions didn’t have the high level of sophistication this book has had from professionals.

-There's less focus on pictures and more information about teaching methods for those with Autism, Down syndrome along with wheel chairs and other abilities (physical and intellectual).

-There's grading guidelines, what to do, how to go about supporting everyone to achieve to the best of their ability. This topic was not in the previous editions. This subject seems to have been asked quite a lot which I worked really hard to include in the 2016 edition.

-There's lots of ideas how you can develop a training and a 10 week training plan proven successful here in New Zealand.

-There's a section regarding Mindfulness written by my mum with her Masters in Psychology - the techniques in the information can be used to help special needs students in various situations of potential anxiety.

-There's a full guide for white belt requirements to black stripe based on success from New Zealand program.

-There's competition rules and further information about the history of sports and disabilities written by GM Galarraga

-There’s more research and information about disabilities. Something the previous editions were very limited in.

-There’s inspirational photos with quotes - the previous editions had some with quotes, but again, not to the high level and sophistication the 2016 edition has had included with various improvements.

-The 2016 edition is carefully laid out into various sections and chapters, allowing the reader to be able to follow a lot more clearly and systematically.

Overall the content of the previous books have had a lot of feedback. We appreciate everyone's time and input. This book will definitely help instructors with their understanding of Special Needs Taekwon-Do and teaching strategies!