ADAPTED NEEDS PROGRAM
White Rock Gymnastics offers classes to children who are high functioning and capable of attending with or without an aide and can be integrated into our regular gymnastics programs. We also offer classes specific to children who require an aide and require more assistance to participate.
Studies have shown that sports and activities that focus on basic movement skills, such as gymnastics, are extremely beneficial to children with special needs. Classes that focus on physical activity and participation can be a positive influence on the daily life of a child with disabilities and are usually highly recommended by doctors and physical therapists.
While the physical activity is very helpful, the overall participation in gymnastics, which includes support, interaction with others, goals, and rewards, makes for a very positive experience for both the child and his or their family.
The benefits of our Gymnastics programs offered to adapted needs children include:
Enhanced development of brain function, coordination, social skills, gross motor skills, emotions, leadership, and creativity
Confidence building, independence, and positive self-esteem
It supports healthy growth and development: builds strong bones and muscles, improves flexibility, develops good posture and balance, improves fitness, promotes relaxation, improves sleep and promotes healthy weight
Helps children move skillfully and enjoy being active
Leaves children with a base that will support lifelong enjoyment and participation in almost any sport
Most sports require children to be “old enough” to play. Gymnastics is one of the only activities which encourages parents and toddlers to come to class to learn and play!
Gymnastics offers cognitive benefits. According to Dr. Robyn Silveman, PhD., “Research suggests that there is a strong correlation between physically fit children and academic achievement. This means that every time you send your child to gymnastics class, they’re getting an opportunity to engage in physical exercise that encourages healthy brain function.” (USA Gymnastics)
We would like to thank the Province of British Columbia and viaSport for their generous support of this program.