“We are so fortunate to have found this program! No one has EVER
taken the time to do things in such a progressive non-threatening pace.
It is amazing that you have her crawling!! Due to her lack of motor planning she has never…got down
on all fours…It is so encouraging that you’ve gotten her into that position and making forward movement. We can only assume that this action will stimulate development of more brain pathways”
– Jacky, mother of 22-year-old Adaptive Drop-in student
Atlantic Adaptive Movement Program.
Everyone moves. Everyone succeeds.
Atlantic Gymnastics strives to provide an accessible environment for all people to reap the benefits of gymnastics and meaningful recreation.
For over 20 years, our Adaptive Gymnastics Program serves a diverse population of individuals who learn best in a one-on-one situation. These one-on-one classes allow instructors to adapt lesson plans to meet specific and individualized goals. These classes are also a great fit for students who require additional behavioral supports. AGTC offers a state of the art gymnastics facility, with full gymnastics apparatus and training equipment, including a loose foam pit, trampolines, soft and sturdy safety mats of various heights, shapes, and sizes, adjustable bars and balance beams, swingable rings and ropes, ladders, and many accessories to enhance the learning experience.
We currently work with a diverse population of individuals, and achieve goals such as: gaining upper and lower body strength, core stability, confidence, body and spatial awareness, improved processing and motor planning capabilities, calming stimulation, coordination, increased patience, and adaptability to differing circumstances.
We accept students with a large variety of social, emotional, and physical needs. Please contact the program director to find out if our program is suitable for your child.
OFFERING TWO WAYS TO PARTICIPATE
Weekly 1:1 or 2:1 instruction
Students work directly with an Adaptive staff member for 45 minutes receiving customized training specific to the individual’s needs. 4x/month on Monday-Saturday
BS Kinesiology Pedagogy
Medically diagnosed as a failure to thrive as a 3-year-old, getting involved in gymnastics played a large part in bringing Alana to full health and a lifetime of success. Following an accomplished career as a competitive gymnast in western Canada, she came to the northeast attending UNH on an athletic scholarship. While at UNH she joined the Atlantic staff, served as Rec and Preschool Director after graduation in 1999, and has coached all levels from parent-and-tot through competitive team. With over 20 years of gymnastics teaching experience, she took over the Adaptive Program in October 2015.
|Adaptive Movement Instructor
CTRS, BS Therapeutic Rec
Riley Fraatz is a graduate of University of New Hampshire's Therapeutic Recreation Program, and is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. From a young age, she has been passionate about providing equal opportunities to people with disabilities. Riley believes that access to meaningful recreation is beneficial to physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual wellbeing. Providing access to, and achieving individualized goals through recreation creates fun learning environment that is meaningful and fosters "buy in" from participants of all ages. She has been a part of the Atlantic staff since 2017.