Special Needs Gymnastics

special-needs-gymnastics Jamie Pacton:

Gymnastics can benefit kids tremendously, especially kids with special needs.

Liam, my 7-year-old with autism, has been working with a gymnastics coach for almost two years, and in that time, he’s made huge gains in motor skills, following directions, expressive language, and confidence. …

When he first started, he was timid, resistant, and uncoordinated; now his confidence shines through in every activity he completes. …

COACH SARAH BANCK:

My overall philosophy on children with special needs is very similar to how I approach coaching children of all abilities. Confidence comes from success, however children cannot make the distinctions between failing at a skill and being a failure. This is why progressions or deescalating a skill is so imperative in teaching. Adjusting and breaking a skill into its most minute parts assures individual success regardless of skill level and is pertinent in developing a positive sense of self and task mastery. …

How Adaptive Gymnastics Helps Kids with Special Needs

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