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Reverse Inclusion/Specialized (Programming)

The Reverse Inclusion Programming is designed from the developmental differentiation perspective and facilitated by instructors trained in adapted physical education/adapted physical activity. The instructors are prepared to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of any child/individual who signs up for various physical activity programs we offer. Most inclusion programs are designed as programs for the “typically developing population” and the instructors attempt to modify for the children with disabilities who decide to join the program. Our programs are designed to meet the needs of children with disabilities as well as any typically developing peers who are invited or decide to participate in the program. Instructors are trained and prepared to differentiate their instruction to ensure that it challenges and meets the needs of varying levels of learners.

We offer a wide range of reverse inclusion programs to ensure that we meet the vast array of ages and ability levels of our participants. We have three different types of reserve inclusion programs that we offer. Our reverse inclusion programs held on James Madison University’s Campus include kidnastics, just dance, fitness, and activity based sensory integration. We also offer programs conducted in community settings, but ran by our instructors (Aquatics, Everybody Plays, Everybody Wins – motor skills, and Play Ball). Finally we have programs that conducted in community settings and facilitated by community instructors with our support (Self Defense, Golf, and Yoga/Zumba).

Each of our reverse inclusion programs have 2-3 coordinators whose roles are to design and co-facilitate age as well as developmentally appropriate activities to meet the needs and interests of all participants. Each participant has a college student who serves as his or her 1:1 mentor. The coordinators job is to design and facilitate activities in a large group or station format, while each participant’s mentor provides the one on one modification or support that each participant may need. Coordinators also incorporate specific instructional strategies into their programs that the mentors are asked to used with their participants to help them achieve their specific goals or to see continued development.


The "this semester's programs" button will show all programs that we are offering currently, and are the only ones accepting participants during the registration period. Please contact us if you have any questions.


Whether your child needs to gain the necessary skills to be able to become more independent in the water or they need to improve their current swimming skills – this swimming program is designed to meet your child’s ability level. We have partnered with the RMH Wellness Center to use two pools, a therapeutic pool and a fitness pool. For any age

Bike Riding

This program is designed to help build balance, coordination, and confidence on a bike for participants. This is a shorter program that lasts only 30 minutes. For ages 4-18

Builders and Bulldozers

Activities will encourage children to participate in different sensory experiences including touch/deep pressure, kinesthetic input, body/spatial awareness, as well as auditory and visual input. This program incorporates physical activity through the use of play skills. For ages 2-5

Everybody Plays Everybody Wins

The Waynesboro YMCA has partnered with us and allowed us to use their facilities with working with individuals on different sport skills as well as fitness and aquatics while being run by our instructors. For ages 4-18


This program will work on students' strength, flexibility, and cardio-respitory endurance. Fitness takes place in the weight room in Godwin Hall and involves using machinery such as treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, and weight lifting machines. For ages 10-Adult


We have teamed up with First Tee to help individuals pursue their golf interest. This program will work on specific golf skills using adapted equipment as well as getting to practice at an actual putting green & driving range. We also create a fun miniature golf course for everyone, using creative obstacles For any age

I Can Do It

This is an individualized program. The participant will have a one on one session with a JMU student with a plan designed around preferences the participants family wants him or her to work on. For any age

Jete L'espirit

Jete teaches dance to adults in a variety of ways. We work on the components of dance, such as balance, rhythm, and flexibility. At the end of the semester, we hold a recital for the participants to showcase the skills they have learned. For ages 16-Adult

Just Dance

Just Dance is a program that puts together dance and fun help kids become more active in an exciting way. In our dance class, we dance to a plentiful of songs that will bring out the dancing fever in everyone. Participants will learn various dance skills such as rhythm, coordination, and flexibility, as well as common, age appropriate dances. For ages 5-up


Child-centered approach to teaching gymnastics that incorporates elements of traditional and educational gymnastics. Students work at their own pace with their mentor on skills appropriate to their ability level. Skills focused on within Kidnastics include rolling, balancing, vaulting (movement on your hands), and jumping. For ages 3-12

KIN 429

Students enrolled in the adapted physical education course at JMU will perform a comprehensive assessment on your child’s motor skills and fitness level. Individualized physical activity plans are created and executed by JMU students to provide children the opportunity to increase their development and success in physical activity settings. For ages 4-21


Although these may not be the typical sports, they are favorites of some of our participants! We plan to team up with various community organizations around the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County area, including First Tee Golf. This program will be split into three segments- these may include, but are not limited to golf, bowling, and archery all run by our instructors. For ages 10-Adult

Play Ball

This program is designed for children who would like to work on their baseball/softball skills and have the ability to play a modified game. This program is run by a player on the varsity softball team and assisted by a member of our staff. During the program, the varsity softball players help mentor the individuals. For ages 5-Adult

Self Defense

Halterman's Karate in Harrisonburg has collaborated with us to allow mentees to participate in a karate class. Staff from Halterman's will run the class, while JMU students provide one on one support to the participants. For ages 10-Adult


Participants will work individually with their mentor to learn basic soccer skills and play modified games to the best of their ability. For ages 6-Adult