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April 25, 2024

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Flip for Function Offers Free Gymnastics Classes for Children With Special Needs

Flip for Function, an Occupational Therapy provider and gymnastics program, is bringing their services to a wider demographic with the addition of small 6-week group classes and a once-a-month free group class.

The 6-week groups are offered for ages 3-5 and 6-12 and children will learn the foundations of gymnastics while participating in a small social setting. The free group class is scheduled for January 29, 30 and February 24, 26 and 27. The 6-week groups begin the week of February 3. Interested participants can sign up mid-session for a pro-rated rate pending availability. All groups are led by an Occupational Therapist or a coach trained under an Occupational Therapist. To learn more about Flip for Function and their programs, check out their website.

Flip for Function was designed specifically for children with special needs. Through the combination of Occupational Therapy and gymnastics in a community setting, Flip for Function provides a creative, unique therapy option and recreational opportunities, individualized to each child.

Gymnastics encompasses a range of developmental skills, such as gross and fine motor, cognition, social skills, body awareness and self-esteem.

According to Murphy & Carbone (2008), “The participation of children with disabilities in sports and recreational activities promotes inclusion, minimizes deconditioning, optimizes physical functioning, and enhances overall well-being.”

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.