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Capoeira Can Help Kids With Special Needs

March 15, 2017

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art combined with elements of dance, acrobatics and music. It began in the early 16th century and developed in the region known as Pernambuco in “Quilombo de Palmares”, presently state of Alagoas. It was created by slaves that were forced to hide the fight within a dance and is known for its quick and complex maneuvers, mostly using power, speed, and leverage across a wide variety of kicks, spins and techniques.
Did you know that Capoeira is extremely beneficial and fun for children with special needs? It promotes eye contact between the two playing each other. It also allows for motor imitation and non-verbal imitation allowing the child to interact without talking. In addition, Capoeira is a cause and effect martial art in which the children can predict when to duck or kick. Arm movements help with balance and body coordination. Lastly, Capoeira is so much fun because it’s dance and music based! It involves singing songs, playing different kinds of instruments, clapping and of course dancing which can be therapeutic and stimulating for children with special needs.
Kari Elliott, RBT

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