Gymnastics program for people with special needs

P.L.A.Y @ GYM works on gross motor skills through games and gymnastics activities



Play@ Limitless

For more than 10 years, P.L.A.Y. @Limitless has been providing occupational therapy services to the Montreal community. In September, the company launched its latest initiative, a gymnastics program for people with special needs.

Owner Ann Zilberbrant says the goal is to promote an active and healthy lifestyle in an inclusive environment for children and adults living with attention, developmental and autism spectrum disorders, intellectual challenges, Down syndrome and other disabilities.

“I want to make sure we provide the opportunity to participate in physical activity for those who might not normally have access to traditional programs,” Zilberbrant says.

This branch of P.L.A.Y. (Promoting Participation in Leisure for Active Youth), aims to work on gross motor skills and is designed by occupational therapists with backgrounds in gymnastics. Participants walk on specially-designed balance beams, jump on trampolines, dive into foam pits, hang on bars and scale up climbing walls. They are evaluated in advance to see which classes better suit their needs. Classes are held once a week for 45 minutes over 10 weeks and usually consist of four participants and two coaches. Individual sessions are also available.

The winter sessions begin in January at WIMGYM, 2090 TransCanada Highway in Dorval.

For more information, call 514-795-4266 or email playatgym@gmail.com

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