Chasity McMillan

Hi! I’m Chasity. I am a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist, graduate of Belmont University, specializing in pediatric therapy. Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, I devoted 20 years coaching gymnastics to children of all ages and levels. Over the years, I’ve seen how participation in the sport has increased confidence and maximized independent function for typically developing children and children with special needs, both in and out of the gym.

I began my pediatric OT career in the schools and private pediatric clinics. I’ve received advanced trainings in the areas of sensory processing disorders, sensory integration and reflex integration. I have experience working with children with autism spectrum disorders, behavioral disorders, down syndrome, congenital disorders, sensory processing disorder, developmental delays, and fine, gross and visual motor delays.

During my Occupational Therapy education, I developed a pilot program in California, Gymnastics for All which encompassed staff education and the development of a gymnastics class specifically adapted for the needs of the participating children. After witnessing the success and interest of Gymnastics for All, I set out to develop a gymnastics program that would address the therapeutic needs of children with different abilities, and at the same time, educate the community and other gymnastics coaches and clubs on ways to better serve children with special needs in their gymnastics program. After years of this program taking shape in my heart, I am overwhelmed with excitement to serve my community through Flip for Function and continue to learn new ways to better serve the community.

 
Maddie Mello