Running. Tumbling. Jumping. Bouncing. When it comes to engaging energetic kids indoors, it\u2019s hard to beat a gymnastics class. Along with being a great way to get moving, learning gymnastics can help improve eye-hand coordination, motor skills and self-confidence, along with providing a unique way to interact socially with other kids. These skills can be particularly helpful for kids with a variety of special needs, many of whom often do better with individual sports that allow flexibility and personal expression. \u201cMy son takes semi-private gymnastics lessons with his brother and a friend, and it\u2019s excellent sensory input, plus he has an absolute blast,\u201d says Kathy Shreve, of Carmel, whose 8-year-old son, Andrew, has autism. \u201cGymnastics is the only activity that he asks to do again, year after year.\u201d Several Indianapolis-area gymnastics facilities offer classes and teams designed to include kids with special needs, and most offer private instruction that can be tailored to your child\u2019s level. Here are some gyms recommended most often by local special needs parents: A Plus Gymnastics Center 9625 E. 150th St., Noblesville 317-773-7266 Maggie Loiselle Several members of the A Plus staff have experience working with children with special needs. Group classes or individual instruction can be scheduled for weekdays when the gym is quieter. Call for more information. DeVeau\u2019s School of Gymnastics 9032 Technology Drive, Fishers (317) 849-7744 DeVeau\u2019s Dynamos is a one-hour adapted gymnastics class intended to introduce children ages 6 to 10 to the basics of gymnastics. Coach Chelsea Mason says a full class would be four children, and that there are currently two children enrolled. \u201cWe have a lot of fun!,\u201d she says. \u201cIf this is successful, we\u2019ll start developing a waiting list, and we could expand our class offerings.\u201d Contact Chelsea at the number above or at email@example.com to schedule a consultation. Gymnastics Unlimited 460 Rawles Ave., Indianapolis 317-897-GOGU Along with welcoming all children in group classes and private instruction, Gymnastics Unlimited also offers a competitive cheerleading program for kids with special needs. The athletes learn a small routine at weekly practices and then compete at the exhibition level about eight times a year. Call for more information. Indy Stars Gymnastics 8070 Georgetown Road, Indianapolis 317-986-5707 Classes for children ages 3 to 7 with special needs are offered Thursdays from 5-5:45 pm. The facility also hosts practices for the Special Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastics Team on Thursdays from 6-7:15 p.m. and on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 11:30 am -12:30 pm. Children ages 6 to 8 are eligible for the show team, and those 8 and older can compete in three to four matches a year. Call for more information. Power Kids 14888 Herriman Blvd., Noblesville 317-523-2824 Designed especially for children ages 3 to 18 with physical and cognitive challenges, the Power Kids program focuses on growing confidence and self-esteem through gymnastics. Group classes and private instruction available. Call to schedule a free, 30-minute consultation with Power Kids founder Brian Jones. The Flip Zone 880 Andico Road, Plainfield 317-838-0667 Classes for children with special needs are offered Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m. Scholarships are available. Call for more information. Don\u2019t have one of these facilities near you? Ask your local gymnastics center if they can accommodate your child. Many gyms offer private or semi-private instruction that can be tailored for his or her needs.