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We Rock the Spectrum – Australia Grand Opening

August has been a very exciting month, as the We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym Franchise has expanded to its third international location, We Rock the Spectrum – Preston VIC in Australia, on August 11th, 2018! The gym is run by brother-sister power duo, Sally and Marcus Johnson. Sally’s son, Digby, was diagnosed with autism and ADHD at the age of 2. Ever since, Sally had dreamed of an inclusive place where she could take him to play freely on suitable sensory equipment, and so she could meet other families who were on a similar journey. Several years after Digby’s diagnosis, Sally discovered such a place already existed – We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym. However, she soon realized this wonderful place was based in the United States. It was then that Sally made it her mission to learn all she could about the sensory gym and reached out to fellow autism mom, Dina Kimmel, the CEO and Founder of We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym, and …

We Rock the Spectrum – Placerville Grand Opening

WRTS Placerville McAtee Family

The We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym Franchise has 11 active gyms in Southern California, and welcomed a new gym in Northern California – an extra special location as it was opened in the CEO and Founder, Dina Kimmel’s, hometown of Placerville, California! We Rock the Spectrum – Placerville, which celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, July 28th, 2018, is run by Keri McAtee, who also happens to be a childhood friend of Dina Kimmel. Keri and her husband, Patrick, are high school sweethearts who have been married for 31 years! Their main inspiration for opening a We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym was one of their foster children, Samuel, who they ended up adopting as their own. Abandoned at birth, Samuel had a stroke in-utero, was deaf and blind, and showed severe brain damage on his MRI. Keri recalls it being love at first sight with Samuel!  At the age of four, Samuel’s life was cut short as he became very ill and passed …

We Rock the Spectrum – Federal Way Grand Opening

WRTS Federal Way Grand Opening Colin Hirsch

On Saturday, July 28th, 2018, the We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym Franchise celebrated the grand opening of its second Washington location, We Rock the Spectrum – Federal Way. Colin joined the We Rock the Spectrum family in July 2017, and fast forward one year later, We Rock the Spectrum – Federal Way has become a reality! The celebration was an exciting day for all of the families across King County. Colin Hirsch is the gym owner of We Rock the Spectrum – Federal Way, a 3rd – 5th grade Special Education teacher. Colin graduated from Evergreen State College with a Bachelor’s in Education, and also has a Master’s in Teaching and has training in Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy. During his Master’s Program, one of Colin’s most cherished memories was when worked as a Paraeducator with high school students. He conducted a case study focusing on helping non-verbal students on the autism spectrum with their speech therapy through speech-generating devices. The students used iPads and …

We Rock the Spectrum – Waretown Grand Opening

we rock the spectrum kids gym grand opening waretown new jersey

The We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym Franchise has officially expanded to Ocean County, NJ! This past Saturday, July 14th, 2018, We Rock the Spectrum – Waretown opened their doors to the southern Ocean County community. The new gym owners, Mary Topoleski and Jeff Kachuba, have a 3 ½ year old son named Nicholas, who was diagnosed with ASD at the age of 2. Mary is a stay-at-home mom, and always struggled to find places to take Nicholas where he could be not only be himself, but also learn and grow. She was ecstatic to learn about We Rock the Spectrum – Mount Laurel, and after her first visit there, she immediately picked up the phone to contact Corporate about bringing her own gym to her community! Fast forward to a little over a year later, Mary and Jeff are thrilled to officially be serving Waretown and its surrounding communities. The grand opening of We Rock the Spectrum – Waretown was a big success as families from all …

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If you haven’t opened up your We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym app in a while, now is the perfect time to do so! We just released a couple updates that will make you fall in love with the app all over again! You can now sign the liability waiver in the app to get you into the gym as soon as you walk in! All the paperwork is readily available on the app, you’ll no longer need to hunt to find the waiver as the app will immediately recognize if you have one! The buy services tab has gotten a makeover! The user experience is now much more intuitive as it’s organized based off of service categories! Note: Be sure to use the same email when you register as when you first came to the gym so all your information can be synched! Here are a some features some We Rockers didn’t know were a part of the app. Make sure you give them …

20 Words to Know When Discussing Autism [Vocab]

At We Rock the Spectrum, we serve families from all walks of life. Some are very familiar with the autism community and the language to discuss it, while others are new to it all, and learning. Either way, everyone has to start somewhere, and sharing helpful information about autism spectrum disorder is one of the best ways to spread understanding and awareness. We are the sensory gym for autism and aim to have autism-friendly kids gyms all around the world. That’s why we’ve put together our own list of important terms that help to understand autism and many of the medical and therapeutic terms associated with it.