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GFA Virtual Training – Adaptive/Inclusive Programming Part 1

June 25 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

This free virtual workshop will be facilitated via Zoom.

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Saskatchewan Time

Presenter: Karissa Johnson.

Karissa Johnson is the proud owner of Spectra Gymnastics, a specialized studio catering to individuals impacted by an array of developmental & intellectual disabilities. Her programs are carefully designed to create a culture of inclusion while supporting many areas of each student’s personal development.

Through Spectra’s unique programs, curriculum & games, students have a multitude of opportunities to support development in cognition, social, executive functioning, recreation, sensory integration, motor development and much more! Following her extensive training in ABA therapy, Karissa successfully launched her company in 2014, which has grown to be a known, valued resource in her community.

Fueled by a passion for serving others, Karissa loves sharing her knowledge & experience with others, and sharing her passion for advocacy towards inclusion across the world.


Workshop #1: 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Comprehensive Inclusion Process + Online Inclusion Based Resources

Pt. A (30 min) – Comprehensive Inclusion Process:

  • Introduction to Spectra Gymnastics
  • Scope of Comprehensive Services
  • Best Practices for Staffing
  • Program Management
  • Intake & Class Placement Procedures

Pt. B (15 min) – Online Inclusion-Based Resources:

  • Current Online Programs Offered


Workshop #2: 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Gymnastics Therapy

  • Overview of common developmental & intellectual disabilities and characteristics you will likely encounter in your facility.
  • Overview of developmental milestones & common deficits / delays
  • Discussion of various therapeutic benefits gymnastics can provide to neurodiverse students, including emotional regulation strategies, sensory integration, motor development and confidence building.


Workshop #3: 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Profitability of Special Needs Programming – Bringing in Revenue after COVID-19

  • Overview of core concepts of modalities: Therapeutic, Recreational, Social Play
  • Demonstration of current programs offered at Spectra and NEW, innovative services Post-Covid-19.
  • You will learn about class ratios, pricing and unique ways to adapt to new ways of operating inclusive programs with new social distancing restrictions & guidelines.
  • The goal is to show our audience that with strategic programming and pricing structures, you can sustain profitability as you prepare to re-open, adapt and thrive!


Workshop Format:

  • Each workshop is scheduled to run for approximately 45 minutes.
  • Upon conclusion of the presentation portion, there will be a Q&A session.
  • Any remaining time will be taken as a quick break before the next presentation. 



Learn more and register online through Eventbrite! 

Registration Opens: 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 19

Registration Deadline: 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 24

Registration is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

If the session you are trying to register for is full, or if the deadline to register has passed, please email jbenson@gymsask.com to be placed on our waitlist.

Non-Member Registration: 

Registration is open to members at this time only; if available spaces remain, non-members will be permitted to join for $15/session. Please contact jbenson@gymsask.com to be placed on our non-member waitlist.


June 25
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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