Why We Rock!
We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym was founded to provide a place for children of all ability levels to play and grow together. As the only kid’s gym that offers an inclusive philosophy we have found all children can benefit from our uniquely designed sensory equipment that is specifically designed to aid children with sensory processing disorders. However, in our experience, all children are able to benefit greatly from this equipment and by allowing children of all ability levels to play together they are able to learn a great deal from each other and become the best motivation for success on every level.
The unique sensory equipment found at We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gyms includes ten pieces of specialized equipment that is specifically designed for children with sensory processing disorders. This equipment aids them in the improvement of their sensory functions while they learn and play. The equipment is specialized, but all children can and will benefit from the use of this equipment at our gym in order to grow, improve skills, learn, and master their own body weight and movements while using this unique, dynamic and exciting equipment.
The twelve specialized pieces of sensory equipment are:
- Zip Line
- Zip Box with Slide
- Crash Pit
- Carpet Swing
- Hammock Swing
- Climbing Structures
- Bolster Swing
- Swivel Rotators with Webbing
- Climbing Mountain
- Rope Bridge
By using this equipment and having groups of children who are at a variety of ability levels, all children benefit from the use of the equipment and learn to grow and play together. Those who are struggling often find encouragement and motivation from the children who have mastered some skills. The children who show mastery of some skills learn coaching and the patience to assist and work together with the children who are struggling. When a goal or milestone has been reached by these magnificent children, they share in the success and cheer loudly for each other, which is in itself a fantastic form of therapy for all children.
Because the gym was founded as a place where all can play, but specifically to target the needs of children with autism, the equipment is designed to address the dynamic nervous system of children with autism and other special needs. Allowing children to play using the sensory based equipment encourages them to expand their mind and reach new heights of ability levels. This also gives the children a chance to use their imagination and become their favorite characters while experiencing the exhilaration of climbing, jumping, swinging, crashing, crawling, running or zipping on any one of the various pieces of awesome equipment found at We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym.
The staff at We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym is comprised of the most caring, understanding and energetic people around. We have a host of staffers and volunteers who come to us in order to assist our gym and its goal of aiding children with special needs in growing beyond the expectations of doctors and therapists.
Often a therapist for a child with special needs will attend the gym with the children in order to observe and provide their therapy while using the equipment in our gym. This allows kids the access they want to the amazing equipment while the therapist is able to take advantage of the support and availability of the staff and equipment which might not be present in other settings.
Our staff works tirelessly to provide and environment that is fun, safe, secure and educational for the children who frequent We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym. With the inclusive philosophy the staff shows kids how to interact properly together, show positive motivation, have a lot of fun, and just be kids while using the various equipment provided at our gym.
The staff also teaches a wide variety of classes, and holds many day camps throughout the year. This gives children the opportunity to expand their learning; abilities and understanding beyond what playing on the awesome sensory-based equipment can do for them. Children can learn good eating habits, master skills, learn new skills, practice social settings and have a great time while attending the classes held by our dynamic, energetic and amazing staff and volunteers.
The parents who bring their children to We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym are simply amazing. As a whole our parents have embraced our philosophies and helped us work toward growing and improving many aspects of our gym. Parents of all children, regardless of ability or developmental level, have been seen volunteering, helping with many children and being a positive influence on all our kids. Without the assistance and encouragement of these fantastic parents, the children would have a very difficult time growing and improving their skills the way they do.