A new business has opened in Avon that works with children on the autism spectrum through an enrichment program that includes karate instruction.
K21 Kid Strong Foundation was established in Avon a month ago to help develop autistic children's "physical, functional and social-emotional skills," according to Kristin Garrison, treasurer of the K21 Kid Strong Foundation.
We asked Garrison to tell us some more about the new Avon business.
Patch: When did your business open?
Garrison: "K21 Kid Strong Foundation was incorporated in the State of CT in February 2012. Kaicho David R. Farzinzad founded the organization and along with its incorporators and executive board of directors Philip Almendinger, M.D., Robert Caruso, Kristin Garrison, Martin Leftoff, and PhD."
Patch: What services do you offer at your company?
Garrison: "K21 Kid Strong Foundation offers a year round after school enrichment program to children with Autism Spectrum and related disorders. The organization utilizes International Kyokushinkai Union (IKU) karate in consultation with occupational therapists and developmental - behavioral pediatricians to offer instruction to children with Autism Spectrum and related disorders. Unique group classes in our private setting are offered twice weekly. Our goal is to provide an accepting environment wherein we engage these children and develop their physical, functional, and social-emotional skills."
Patch: Why did you decide to open in Avon?
Garrison: "We are located in Avon Center, the heart of the Farmington Valley. At 12 West Main Street we are nestled in the west corner of Avon Congregational Church and are conveniently accessible to families in Avon and surrounding towns."
Patch: Do you have a business mantra you live by?
Garrison: "Our motto is: 'Do your best and leave the rest.'"
Patch: Can you tell us about the company's background?
Garrison: "Our founder and the board of directors have backgrounds and expertise in the fields of education, medicine and healthcare, retail and business, and IKU kyokushin karate. All have developed a deep personal interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) through their careers and life experiences with students, family and friends. Their recognized appreciation for those living with ASD and their desire to provide and offer support, fueled their desire to establish K21 Kid Strong Foundation.
"While this combined approach is a new endeavor to organizers, each IKU staff member and program consultants from the autism community, bring a vast knowledge and years of experience to this program. They are highly respected in the IKU Board, Occupational Therapy, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Pro Health ADHD, University of CT School of Medicine and Yale Communities."
Business: K21 Kid Strong Foundation
Address: 12 West Main St., Avon
Hours: Monday and Wednesday 3:30 to 4:30pm and 5 to 6 p.m.