Boxing to help autistic children

Dean B Lund founded Fighting Fit Coaching which runs sessions in Knaresborough, as well as Ripon.

“Parents of an autistic child often struggle to find a sports group that isn’t football that they can join.

“We specialize in tailoring our boxing sessions to adults and children with autism, although we also provide services to over 50s and neurotypical children,” Dean said.

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“As a professional trainer and father of two children with autism, I have been proud to provide child-friendly boxing sessions for children who would otherwise struggle to participate in boxing and other sporting activities.

“Using my extensive knowledge of sports coaching, in addition to setting and tracking goals for children with special educational needs, young people are in a supportive environment with others who are similar in behaviors and learning methods. ‘learning.”

The sessions see the youngsters using boxing gloves to hit the pads only and Dean says there are no hits to the body or the head.

Dean added that he has specialist life support outside of the sessions.

“My educational director Laura has a master’s degree in nursing from which she puts together packages to help parents of autistic children support their little ones with things like sleep, PDA and SPD.

“We develop systems to provide scaffolding for our customers so they can practice sport in a safe and beneficial environment – ​​gain confidence in using their social skills and develop spatial awareness, strength, fine motor skills and global.”

Fighting Fit Coaching runs autistic boxing sessions (which cost £10 each) for ages 7-11 on Fridays at King James School in Knaresboroughs, 5-6pm and Tuesdays, 5-6pm, at the Methodist Church, Harewood Road, Ripon.