Us Too Gymnastics is dedicated to providing a warm environment for children with developmental delays and disabilities to take part and enjoy gymnastics classes to meet their individual needs.
Community Indicators 2008, prepared by the Orange County, California Business Council, show 3 to 5 % of children in Orange County have ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyper Activity). The U.S. Census Bureau published a report in 2007 stating nearly 10,000 children ages 5 to 15 living in Orange County, California have been professionally diagnosed with autism, Down syndrome or some form of developmental disability.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 1 in 150 children are diagnosed as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder. In 2009 Autism Speaks reports 1 in 110 children, 1 in 70 boys are diagnosed as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Autism Society of America reports
- 1 percent of the population of children in the U.S. ages 3-17 have an autism spectrum disorder.
- 1 to 1.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder.
- Fastest-growing developmental disability; 1,148% growth rate.
These children endure stigmatization and/or bullying on a daily basis. Many are emotionally shattered; most have a poor self-image and ALL are vulnerable. In addition, many of the children need specific occupational, physical, speech and behavior therapy. Some of these services are provided in the school district, but not all, not always, and often minimal. Also, attempts to provide services in school settings lead to further separation and stigmatization in “Special” classes, while these children are routinely avoided by youth service agencies because of the difficulties involved and specialized training that is required to provide effective service.
Children with high-functioning disabilities benefit from supplemental therapy to make steady progress. A major problem, however, is the cost of these services.
At the same time, these children have an almost superhuman resilience and represent a vast store of potential that, if channeled in positive ways, can greatly benefit society.
Us Too Gymnastics provides a warm environment for all children with it's main focus being on children with developmental delays and disabilities. Our goal is to help these children progress into our mainstream gymnastics classes or reach their highest potential, but most of all have fun!
Us Too Center has staff and advisory board consisting of a speech therapist, physical therapist, clinical psychologist, and therapists who provide assessments and ongoing treatment for children with developmental delays and disabilities.
The center provides toddlers and children to age nineteen of any ethnicity an opportunity to learn, develop and have fun in an atmosphere that suits their specific needs, while providing a comfortable environment for both parent/caregiver and child.
Board of Directors
Shaun Howell- M.S., CCC-SLP - Speech Therapist
Sylvia Shattuck- Parent of children with autism
Scott Di Valerio- CFO of Coinstar
Michelle Norban- Norban and Associates
Tana Jimenez - Pediatric and Geriatric Physical Therapist