Angelica "Jelly" Gillott
Coach Jelly is a Decatur native who spent her childhood in a gym competing in gymnastics. She began coaching in high school and after college she returned to gymnastics and began teaching special needs classes. She hopes to complete a Master's in Occupational Therapy and grow our Shining Stars Program to better serve our community.
Shining Stars is a recreational program for kids with disabilities that uses
gymnastics activities to improve student's organization, sensory processing
and motor planning skills.
As these skill sets develop, children gain the confidence to apply their newly expanded comprehensive and expressive abilities in the gym and in the classroom; on the playground and beyond.
We aim to shatter the boundaries of presumed limits by creating a world of discovery and excitement; fostering mental and physical growth in a fun, nurturing environment.
Gymnastics facilities are the ultimate sensory playgrounds. The sport provides a sensory-rich learning environment while using physical exercise to develop gross and fine motor skills . Few sports programs outside gymnastics offer a physical activity component while providing a suitable level of support for the precise developmental needs of children diagnosed with ASD and other disabilities. Shining Stars programming aims to enhance strength and endurance while simultaneously expanding general motor capabilities.
Our range of gymnastics apparatus supports the essential elements of motor skill development and promotes both vestibular and proprioceptive sensory stimulation. Our facility allows students to fulfill their sensory needs with boundaries by crashing, swinging, and bouncing on gymnastics equipment such as bars, trampolines, balance beams, and the foam pit.
Shining stars is geared towards a common goal for every child: the organization of sensation for use in their daily lives. We strive to meet each child's targeted learning goals with an emphasis on the process of strengthening fine motor skills, fostering social skills, and increasing spatial awareness and body strength.
We strive to promote the integration of children with disabilities into all aspects of life using recreational gymnastics activities. We offer one-on-one private instruction as well the opportunity for recreation program integration. Both of these options help special needs children excel at gymnastics and other athletic activities, introducing the social element of peer contact both with other special needs children and with typical children in the gym setting.
Dear Intown Stars Gymnastics Families and Friends;
We are all still reeling from the amazing time we had last week, sharing our gym with Olympic Gold Medalist, Gabby Douglas. The gymnasts and coaches continue to share stories of their individual experience with her, sitting next to her at dinner, getting big hugs or tips on how to improve thier beam routine. There were lots of autographs and photo ops, but there were just as many casual conversations and laughs, as Gabby spent time engaging with everyone in attendance, gymnasts, parents and staff. Even Minuit our sweet gym dog was a bit star stuck as she enjoyed some special Olympic-style snuggles. The memories created will surely last a lifetime.
We are so grateful to everyone who played a part in bringing Gabby to the gym, and who helped Intown Stars raise over $54,000 for our Shing Stars program, which provides one on one gymnastics sessions for kids with special needs. The funds will go towards scholarships and specialized equipment, as well as program infrastructure that will open up the waiting list to allow more kids to benefit from this unique and important service.