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When I began the first We Rock the Spectrum, it came from a place of need. My son needed a place that would continue the amazing work he was doing with his occupational therapist. He needed sensory play almost every day. I thought others in our community may share the same need, and I opened up our first gym in Tarzana, California in 2010. About four years into our journey, I realized that this need was bigger than I had imagined. It wasn’t just local, or national, it was global. That’s when I decided to franchise We Rock the Spectrum. Like any new venture, I did not know what to expect when making this move, but my hope was that there were people like me, motivated entrepreneurs, who were at a loss of what they could do professionally while caring for their children on the autism spectrum, who needed We Rock the same way I did years earlier. My intuition was right, and since my …

We Rock the Spectrum – Bloomington Grand Opening

We Rock the Spectrum grew a little bigger on Saturday, December 23rd, 2017, as they celebrated the grand opening of We Rock the Spectrum – Bloomington in Illinois! Tricia and Eric Lambert are the proud new owners of the gym. Together they have four children: Shelby, Leslie, Ashley and TJ, and they reside in Lexington, IL. Their journey with We Rock the Spectrum began when they were visiting their oldest daughter, Shelby, in St. Louis, MO where she went for graduate school. They came across the We Rock the Spectrum – Fenton gym and immediately fell in love with the concept. Their son, Leslie, who is nine, has autism and they were thrilled to see how well he did at the gym! From there on out, the Lamberts knew they had to bring this gym to their community in Normal, IL. The day was filled with fun and smiles all around with support from the entire Bloomington-Normal communities! The corporate team flew out to help …

We Rock the Spectrum – Columbus Grand Opening

The We Rock the Spectrum franchise has expanded to another state on Saturday, December 16th, 2017, as we celebrated the grand opening of We Rock the Spectrum – Columbus! Lyndsey and Kirk Vidra are the proud new owners. They have been married for 16 years and have three children together: Kaden, Carson, and Kylin. Lyndsey has a background in working with children with special needs, and now that her kiddos are in school full-time, she knew she wanted to start working in a special needs environment again. That was when Kirk stumbled upon the We Rock the Spectrum – Fenton location, as he was reading up on news in his hometown of St. Louis, and Lyndsey knew this was her calling! Now less than a year after joining the We Rock family, they opened their doors and are so excited to begin serving the Columbus community! The grand opening was a big success with the entire community coming out to show their support as they celebrated …

We Rock the Spectrum – San Jose Grand Opening

We Rock the Spectrum San Jose’s journey started this past Saturday, December 2nd! They had a wonderful Grand Opening with tons of support from their family, friends, and community! San Jose hit a lot of roadblocks that prevented them from opening sooner but we are amazed by their perseverance to push through countless obstacles. San Jose is ran by Cara and Lance Zimmerman who are also parents to five wonderful children! Cara and Lance come from the very fast paced industries of tech and finance. After the premature arrival of their twins Evie and Audrey, it became apparent that Cara needed to leave her position and dedicate herself full time towards raising their children, specifically managing all of the programs and therapists their HFASD diagnosed daughter, Evie, required. In time it also became apparent that there was a need for a place where people understood their needs. With a little bit of research, they stumbled upon We Rock the Spectrum and realized their community would …

We Rock the Spectrum – Lake Charles Grand Opening

The proud owners of Lake Charles are Katy and Jason Miller. Katy and Jason have two beautiful children, Griffin and Nora! Both Children looked beyond happy with their parents’ new gym! Jason had a career in the oil and gas industry prior to moving back to Lake Charles from Texas after the birth of Griffin in 2014. Katy was then hired by The Diocese of Lake Charles to create the Progressions Program at The Immaculate Conception Cathedral School. After two years of getting the program up and running, she was able to go back to where it all started in Calcasieu Parish: St. John Elementary. Through teaching across different settings and environments, Katy realized no matter what abilities each student had, they all shared a common need; sensory input. When working for The Diocese of Lake Charles, Katy saw a huge need for inclusion of all children as well as a better understanding of our kiddos that are on the spectrum. This led her to …

We Rock the Spectrum – Austin Grand Opening

November 5th, 2017 was a day to remember, as it was the grand opening date for We Rock the Spectrum – Austin! Milan and Rochelle Helm are a granddaughter/grandmother duo who are the proud owners of this gym! Rochelle unexpectedly became the sole caretaker of Milan many years ago.  While growing up, Lani had a significant learning disability, however, thanks to Lani’s perseverance and continued support from Rochelle, Lani graduated from the University of Hawaii with a BA in Psychology and Child Development with a focus in Autism! After college, Lani became an ABA therapist and has had remarkable results with “her kids.” Lani has most recently worked with AISD middle school for special education, but providing recreation and generalized high expectations outside of school is where her heart and passion lies. When she discovered We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym, she knew this was exactly what she had been searching for all her life and that she had to bring it to Austin, TX. …