Monday night at 8pm, be sure to tune in for our newest episode of Hope Saves the Day on Autism Radio we sit down and talk to David Rosenberg.About Our Guest
David began studying martial arts at the age of 7 after being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Karate was recommended to his parents to help him with his focus and attention. By age 15, under the tutelage of instructor World Champion Tokey Hill, he received his black belt and began to instruct younger students and attend demonstrations. It was at a demonstration at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children where David was first exposed to children with special needs. Subsequent to David’s encounters with St. Mary’s Hospital, he also worked 1:1 with a child with cerebral palsy at a sleepaway camp for 8 weeks. David continued teaching throughout both high school and college.
David collaborated with his wife Stephanie, a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst), and together they created Kicking The Spectrum®. David is actively involved in the instruction, administration, and programming decisions, and is available on-site to meet with parents and caregivers.
David holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hobart College and a Masters of Business Administration from The Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College. He is also the Resident Board member of The Grand Central Partnership, The BID of the midtown Manhattan area.
Kicking The Spectrum® is a martial arts program developed to teach and motivate students with special needs. This innovative program incorporates fitness and wellness into the fundamentals of Japanese Shotokan Karate. Kicking The Spectrum® combines a martial arts instructor with an ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapist in every class.
Kicking The Spectrum® helps students reach their potential by practicing martial arts techniques. We strive to improve their physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being by increasing their overall social abilities and helping them expand beyond their limitations.
Our goals are to increase the student’s awareness, self-esteem and confidence. These characteristics are achieved through fun and exercise, which are essentials to the program. Further benefits include improved attention, greater social skills and self-control, as well as increased levels of confidence, discipline and coordination.
All children are evaluated by an instructor and a therapist, which allows for custom programming so that classes can be tailored to meet their individual.