Cusp Classes are for individuals who need additional assistance when engaging in group fitness. These may include additional visual cues, smaller steps and/or smaller class sizes. The classes are restricted to five athletes, allowing for more individualized guidance. Skills taught will be based on the individuals current skill ability and goals. Activities will be a hybrid of gymnastics and tumbling, yoga and stretching, ninja and agility, and include a social skills component, where individuals can work on developing relationships with peers and coaches.
Classes are taught by ShaeLyn Harris (Coach Shae), a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Personal Trainer (NASM), and Nutritionist (PN1). As a BCBA, ShaeLyn, has observed the limited resources available to those who do not have access to typical sports or group activities for individuals with special needs. In partnering with emPOWER kids, Cusp Classes provide the perfect place to create a fun environment where participants can work on skills for a more active lifestyle and independence, as well as building and maintaining friendships.
Coach Shae will work with athletes and parents on preparing and moving to the emPOWER kids classes. The following criteria will be utilized to determine readiness:
C - Comfortable with larger groups
U - Unity with peers (appropriate social engagement)
S - Safe: Remains with group, keeps hands to self, follows rules when on equipment
P - Prepared: Displays some independence in engaging in skills
Coach Shae is the founder of Cusp Collective, using the science of behavior change to improve the health and wellbeing of those with special needs and their families.