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Kids In Motion is a sensory/motor/gymnastics program for children of all ages who have physical, mental, emotional, social, language, and/or sensory challenges. Those include but are not limited to:

  • Developmental Delay
  • Attention Deficit
  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Visual Auditory/Speech Deficits
  • Sensory Integration
  • Emotional/Behavioral/Social
  • Hypo/Hyperactivity
  • Coordination
  • Fear of Movement

With guidance from professionals at Easter Seals, this program was developed to provide children with special needs the opportunity to participate in an affordable motor program in addition to therapies, and/or as a recreational activity. It combines sensory stimulation, motor activities and gymnastics to facilitate learning and growth in all aspects of human function.

Our approach is to engage students in tactile, vestibular and proprioceptive play using movement/gymnastics activities and equipment as the tools. 

The goals of the program are to address the physical, social, cognitive and emotional needs of each student in a safe and fun learning environment through guided play and instruction. 

  • Physical Goals: Increase gross motor skills, postural control, balance, coordination, strength, flexibility, stamina and general physical health.
  • Social Goals: Increase compliance with group activities, appropriate social interaction, comfort level in groups, integration into group settings as appropriate, and general communication skills. 
  • Cognitive Goals: Increase attention span, ability to focus, ability to follow directions, motor-planning skills and problem solving.
  • Emotional Goals: Increase self-confidence, ability to self-regulate, tolerance of surroundings and situations, and enjoyment of movement.


Individual classes  ̶  Teacher works one-on-one with the child individually.  This class is scheduled on an individual basis and class length depends on ability of the child. 

Small group classes  ̶ Child is placed in a small group of 2-6 children with similar needs and abilities. Length of class time depends upon age and level of children in the group.

Integrated classes  ̶  Children participate in a regular age or skill appropriate class at Jump Start Gymnastics, independently or with an aid. 

Field trips  ̶  Organizations that offer programs for special needs children can schedule a one-hour field trip to our facility. Our staff will work with coordinators to plan activities based on the general needs of the group. Please call (309) 692-5867 for more information and available days and times.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Kids in Motion?

Kids in Motion are recreational gymnastics and movement classes for children with special physical and cognitive learning needs. The goal is to give each child what all children are entitled to: the opportunity to experience an active life that is filled with excitement, self-confidence, discovery and most importantly, FUN!

What are the ages?

We take anyone as young as 2 years old up to High School.

What about the evaluation?

Your child must have an OT/PT evaluation completed to participate in class. This lets our instructors know of any restrictions to adjust the class so your child can safely participate in class.

In addition, every child is scheduled for a free evaluation at Jump Start that lasts approximately 20-30 minutes. This allows the Kids in Motion Director to meet your child so she can properly place them in an appropriate class.

For more information, contact our Kids in Motion Director, Justin Hand, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 309-692-5867.


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