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I CAN Do Gymnastics


Purpose

The purpose of this program is to teach gymnastics skills to children and youth with autism in a safe and supportive environment. This program will focus on basic gymnastics skills, including a variety of activities and general gym safety. Participants will be able to gain exposure to all of the typical equipment found in a gymnastics facility, such as floor, beam, bars, rings and trampoline. 

Adapted Gymnastics for kids with autismProgram Structure

Each session of the gymnastics program consists of 45-60 minute lessons, once per week, for multiple weeks. Sessions will take place three times during the year; fall (mid-October to late November), winter (late January to early  March), and spring (mid-April to late May). In each lesson, there are up to 5-10 participants who will be split into two smaller groups at times. Each participant will be paired with a support worker and supported by volunteers. Lessons include circuit style activities, individual or small group skill practice, and group games.
CAN is excited to be providing this program in partnership with Cameron Recreation Centre, Delta Gymnastics Society, and Kerrigan Children's Active Learning Centre. Each facility will also be providing qualified gymnastics coaches to oversee the lessons, and will be working in collaboration with CAN to make adaptions to curriculum to ensure the success of participants. 

SUPPORTS PROVIDED

At Canucks Autism Network, we strive to meet the needs of each participant through parent collaboration.  Our staff receive training on a variety of support strategies for children and youth with autism.  Please do not hesitate to speak with coaches and support staff about strategies to use with your child (e.g., visual schedules, first-then boards, token systems, social stories, etc.) and contact the Program Coordinator, Tara Rodas (tara@canucksautism.ca) with any questions or concerns.

SOCIAL STORYBOOK

Canucks Autism Network has prepared the following social storybook for those families who may find it helpful. To view the gymnastics social storybook, please click here.

PROGRAM CRITERIA

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 Cameron Recreation Centre
Delta Gymnastics Society
              

REGISTRATION

Online registration for the fall session of CAN’s multi-week programs took place from Monday, August 15th at noon, and Friday, August 19th at noon. If you would like to submit a late registration request, you may do so by emailing info@canucksautism.ca with the following information:

  1. The name and age of the participant, and
  2. The program name, location and time that you are wishing to be added to the waitlist for.

For a list of Fall programs and locations, please visit www.canucksautism.ca/leisureguide.