Hays Communities Y Featured Class: Adaptive ASL Youth Gymnastics

Youth Gymnastics classes are familiar territory at Hays Communities YMCA. However, this fall signifies a new beginning in adaptive offerings. Beginning this September, Hays Communities has launched a new Adaptive American Sign Language (ASL) Youth Gymnastics class for children ages 4-7. Through our continued commitment to our values as an inclusive community, the class is for deaf students who wish to take gymnastics alongside other students who are deaf. The class instructor was accompanied by an ASL interpreter to instruct children during class time.

While not intentional, this sense of inclusion might not be found in a traditional gymnastics class. Students of all abilities are always welcome, but the sense of community can be more profound when a child does not feel excluded due to a lack of instruction or the lack of an optimized teaching method. 

Youth and Family Program Director, Lisa Young, was able to visit the class and spend time observing the families. “Not only were all seven students able to receive instructions at the same time through the interpreter, but they were also able to communicate with each other,” Young said.

The students were not the only ones who felt an elevated level of togetherness in this new class. Many of the parents are deaf as well and were given the chance to come together while watching their children. 

“I feel that not only did we deliver a quality, inclusive program for the children but also an opportunity for fellowship for the whole family,” Young said.


Know someone who would love to join the class? Click here to register for the next session! The October class begins Saturday, October 5 and is held through October 26. Children ages 4-7 are welcome and the fee for Y Members is $40. Non-members can register for $80.   

At the Y, we work to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation has the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity.


Jessica Weiss
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