Adaptive/Inclusive Programming Part 2 with Karissa Johnson

  • Date: June 30, 2020
  • Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Event Type: AGF

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HOSTED BY: GFA Western Canada

This session is for Gymnastics Coaches and Program Managers looking to start an Adaptive/Inclusive program in their club

Workshop #4: 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Teaching Strategies For All Abilities

Pt. A (30 min) - Lecture Portion:

  • Rapport & expectations
  • Routines & consistency
  • Universal language
  • Visual Supports
  • Transitioning strategies

Pt. B (15 min) - Applying Strategies in Class (Video Portion):

  • Preparing for a class or student
  • Instruction strategies - visual supports, reinforcement strategies, universal language, transitioning, ending/calming before exit


Workshop #5: 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Behavior & Class Management

Pt. A (30 min) - Lecture Portion:

  • Behavior as communication
  • Functions of behavior (WHY)
  • Teaching strategies - ABC method, shaping, appropriate instructional responses for each function (escape, sensory, attention, tangible)

Pt. B (15 min) -Video Portion:

  • Specific video scenarios


Workshop #6: 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - Safety In All Abilities

  • This workshop will review critical safety precautions to take while in a training facility.
  • The presentation will also include a virtual tour of Spectra’s facility- highlighting danger zones & precautions taken.
  • Potential Athlete Risks - physical limitations and AAI, seizures, vision & hearing impairments, allergies, behavioral, flight risks, facility precautions, mitigating risks

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.


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. She is honored to be a part of Gymnastics B.C.’s virtual conference this year.
DATE: Tuesday, June 30, 2020
TIME: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (MST)
COST: Free for AGF members
REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Click here to register
WEBINAR RECORDING: A recording will be provided following the webinar and will be distributed to AGF members only. To request a copy of the recording after this session has taken place, please email
PD POINTS: This webinar is eligible for Professional Development (PD) points. Those who are unable to participate in the live session can send their email address, name, NCCP number and the webinar title to Gina Peake, Education Manager at within 6 months of this webinar taking place. This information is only required for those who are unable to attend the live session and watched the recording instead. Live participants will have their PD points processed automatically.