I CAN Do Gymnastics
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or concerns.
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.
- Ages 4-18 (Must be of correct age when starting the program)
- Have an autism diagnosis, and an active membership through the CAN Participant Membership Program
- This is an autism only program; parents and siblings must remain on the side
- Commitment to attend session on a weekly basis (See Attendance Policy)
- Register through CAN Program Registration
The next session of I CAN Do Gymnastics will take place in fall 2016. Registration for the fall session will occur to PENDING ENROLLMENT ONLY during the week of Monday, August 15 at noon, to Friday, August 19 at noon. Additional program details will be updated to the CAN website and registration system at the end of July/beginning of August – please check back then for more information!