FitnAZtics

FitnazticsOld Pueblo Gymnastics offers adaptive gymnastics classes for children with a range of special needs, including autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy and Down’s Syndrome.  This program is directed by a certified and licensed occupational therapist, Libby Bishop, and classes focus on basic sensorimotor and gross motor skills in a fun, gymnastics setting. Our small class size encourages safe participation and individualized instruction.  Classes are taught by certified instructors.  Any child with a diagnosed social, emotional or physical disability from ages 3-17 may participate.

 

Our FitnAZtics Director is Big Fun big funcertified!

 

FitnAZtics is a program we developed at Old Pueblo Gymnastics Academy that welcomes children with special needs into a gymnastics environment. Led by an occupational therapist, our method encourages children with special needs to participate in physical activity by using gymnastics apparatuses, such as, bars trampolines beams, etc. We use gymnastics equipment to create an environment that will challenge kids and help transition them into a regular gymnastics class.

What is the Big Fun Method?

The BIG FUN method was created by Gene Hurwin, M.A.OTR/L in Orange County, CA as a way to assist therapists and gymnastics coaches throughout the country in developing programs for children with special needs in a gymnastics setting. The BIG FUN philosophy as well as, here at FitnAZtics, is to give each child the opportunity to experience what all children are entitled to: an active life that is filled with excitement, self-confidence, discovery, and fun.  Coaches build personal, nurturing bonds with their students, which allow the children to excel far beyond their limits. Sessions at FitnAZtics empower children to maintain the strength and endurance demands of peer play when at a playground. The BIG FUN sensory diet teaches self-regulation and modulation of behaviors which, in turn, helps children be more alert and organized at school and relaxed at restaurants, the shopping mall, and family outings and gatherings.

The BIG FUN approach facilitates sensory play through:

Climbing
Tumbling/rolling
Obstacle course
Trampoline
Balance beam
Developing upper extremity strength
Increasing knowledge of location in space
Problem solving and creativity
Developing lower extremity strength
Coordination, balance, and focus

This approach provides the structure necessary for all children to excel in gymnastics: waiting, taking turns, sharing equipment, and maintaining appropriate behavior.

Customer Testimonials

Click here to read about how FitnAZtics has impacted families from attending classes at OPGA.

OPGA Adaptive Gymnastics in the news!


AZ Daily Star article

 

PRICES AND SCHEDULE

Because there are limited opportunities for kids with developmental challenges to participate in gymnastics, Old Pueblo is offering classes at a discounted rate in hopes that families will be able to participate without having to opt out for financial reasons.  The price for small group classes is $136 for the 8-wk session.  Private lessons are also available.

Please contact the gym directly to inquire about the time frames during which the FitnAZtics classes are available.

Here’s what you need to start the enrollment process: