This is a fitness and movement program for children with Down syndrome. The program will be conducted at 2 pm on Saturdays from October 3 to October 31, 2015. It will be provided at no charge to families with children with Down syndrome. The classes will take place in St. Gabriel’s Catholic Community’s gymnasium at 110 St. Gabriel Way in McKinney, TX (click here for map and directions).
- Develop gross and fine motor skills through games
- Enhance strength and endurance through exercises that aren’t going to seem like exercises
- Burn calories through movement
- Teach children with Down syndrome that movement can be fun
- Teach the family members of children with Down syndrome how to integrate fitness activities into everyday life
This is meant to be a supported fitness program for children with Down syndrome, aged 5-12 years old. This means that we are looking for parents or older siblings to participate as well. We will be providing all equipment that will be used during the sessions.
The sessions will begin at 2 pm. Each session will last 30-60 minutes, depending upon how all the kids are doing.
John is a fitness professional with a love for working with children. He has held multiple summer camps and classes for younger kids that focused on agility and conditioning. He is a proud father of Marcus, a 8 year old with Down syndrome. He realizes first-hand the difficulties associated with developing and keeping his specially-abled son active and engaged in physical activity. It is his goal to pass on what he’s learned from his personal experience with other parents of these very special children.