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Fitness for Fun has always been very welcoming to all children and their many different needs.  We are able to cater for children with special needs in our mainstream group classes, small group classes and through one on one individual coaching sessions.

We understand that your child may have many appointments with all sorts of specialists to benefit their development and day to day lives. Visiting one of our gyms, where there are lots of fun things to do, will hopefully be a less stressful kind of appointment. It is a place that prompts exploration, is full of fun and provides a wide range of benefits from improved confidence and co-ordination, to communication, motor control and social interaction.

Our spaces are vast and fun to explore and can be very busy during peak hours, as such individual or small group classes can be offered at quieter times of the day on request.  These programs are developed to each child’s needs as appropriate, and our coaches are receptive and understanding of the wide range of skills and abilities children can have.  Our one-on-one classes are individually tailored to suit the needs of the child as well as the goals of the parents/carers and can be a great way to introduce new children into gymnastics and assess their abilities.  Our small group classes are also tailored to the needs of the group or organisation and are very flexible in their design and program goals.   Most classes typically run between 30-45 min and can be run before, after or during our general timetable classes/parties.

There is also no specific requirement for requesting a one-on-one session or group class, and anyone who is interested is welcome to give us a call.  Please note that classes are subject to the availability of coaches and appropriate sessions times.

Parents/carers will need to attend an initial meeting with our Special Needs Coordinator to meet your child and arrange an appropriate coach for the class, as well as to discuss the goals both you and your child may have (this can be done over the phone or face to face).  A program will then be developed and weekly classes can commence.  Families receive ongoing progress reports from our staff to show where improvement has been made, and what goals have been reached.  The children will receive awards such as stickers/sticker charts, medals and trophies.

Please be aware that we are very mindful of every child’s development in all areas. A goal or change for your child may not only be a physical activity in the gym, but also having eye contact for a lengthened period of time, or feeling comfortable giving a high five to their coach. Having strong and happy relationships with our staff at Fitness for Fun is really important to us.

The staff that teach these classes have a wide range of experience working with children with special needs.

There are many time slots available to suit your needs, from Monday-Sunday at Bayside or Prahran only. Due to timetable restrictions we are unable to offer any classes at Hawthorn.

To make an enquiry, please contact us. Various sessions available upon request: specialneeds@fitnessforfun.com.au

 

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