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Check out our past, present, and future corporate events for the We Rock the Spectrum franchise.

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 – 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 …

We Rock the Spectrum – Audubon Grand Opening

audubon gym owner grand opening

On Saturday, May 5th, 2018, also commonly recognized as Cinco de Mayo, We Rock the Spectrum – Audubon celebrated their grand opening! The gym owner, Christina “Pip” Carty, is no stranger to the autism and special needs community. With her background working with Autism Speaks, she felt grateful that she was prepared when her seven-year-old son, Julian, was diagnosed with SPD just before his fourth birthday. After taking him to a local We Rock gym, and striking up a conversation with a fellow autism mom, sharing hopeful stories she learned through her work with Autism Speaks, Pip knew she wanted to continue sharing her resources and experiences at her own We Rock gym. The day was filled with smiles, music and sensory fun for the entire Audubon community! In true fashion, the We Rock Corporate team flew out to ensure the day ran smoothly so Pip could meet and mingle with the visitors. Even the owners of We Rock the Spectrum – Northeast Philly, Mount …

Thank You for Attending the 2018 Rock Walk and Rockin’ Resource Fair!

Dina Underneath the Rockin Banner

Last weekend, we held our second annual Rockin’ Resource Fair and our First Annual Rock Walk! We had such an amazing turnout from the community who came out to learn about their local resources, enjoy delicious food, delight in sensory play, and so much more. If you missed it, here’s some of the highlights: Delicious treats from Glorious Pies Dancing at Orlando’s Drum Circle Our ceremonial Inclusion Awareness Walk Sensory play courtesy of We Rock on Wheels 50+ amazing vendors The Conductors + P-22s rocking out! Arts & Crafts Cold refreshing Italian Ices A calming tent to cool down A FUN DAY CELEBRATING INCLUSION! We’d like to thank everyone who helped make this event possible, from our vendors, volunteers, and our corporate crew! Most importantly, we would like to thank you, our We Rockers, for coming out, enjoying, and showing us just how much our community really needs an event like this! “It’s a really special thing to be able to bring in so many …

The P-22s at the 2018 Rock Walk!

Young rock band

One of our most fun zones at this year’s Rock Walk is the Music Zone! Last year, The Conductors pumped out the jams all day and are back again this year! But the 2018 Rock Walk has a new band on its lineup this year, too. Starting the day we have  “The P-22’s” performing what their frontman, Ernie Kamp, calls Blunkpunkinco: a hybrid of the Blues, Funk, Punk and Flamenco. The P-22s may be small and young, but they produce a very big, very mature sound. Joining Ernie (who also plays bass) is Greta Fannin on guitar, Riley Wagner-Lewis on drums, and Liam Butler on keys. Liam was diagnosed on the spectrum when he was three. Since then, his parents have worked to ensure he has been able to do things at the top of his ability. Liam’s talents came to light at the age of eight when he marched up to a piano and began to play “Pachelbel’s Canon in D,” by ear. They …

Inclusion Awareness Month

Light it up Blue we rock banner

Every April, the Autism community comes together in support of Autism Awareness Month. We “light it up blue” on April 2nd, World Autism Awareness Day. We attend local Autism Walks. We host resource fairs (like the 2018 Rock Walk!).   The camaraderie throughout April is incredible. I have personally met so many people at these events who have become close friends and professional colleagues (even some WRTS franchise owners). I love April. I love the Autism community. But I’m not so sure I love the term “Autism Awareness” anymore. You see, it used to serve a beautiful purpose. We needed our mothers, fathers, advocates, and supporters coming out of the home and screaming “this is who we are, this is our journey!” and we needed our extended families, neighbors, and friends to understand this journey. I can’t help but think – is just being “aware” of autism enough? We’ve come out of our homes. We have told you who we are. Now is the time …

We Rock the Spectrum – North County STL Grand Opening

We Rock the Spectrum North County STL

The We Rock the Spectrum franchise expanded to another town in Missouri! On Saturday, March 24th, 2018, We Rock the Spectrum – North County STL opened its doors to their community. Single mom and proud new owner, Celeste “C.C.” Brown, began her journey with autism after adopting her son, Chance. In April 2016, Chance was diagnosed with ASD, which led C.C. to search for all the possible resources, workshops and therapies in order to enhance her son’s development. Aside from therapy, C.C. noticed the need for Chance to have social interactions with others, as trips to the park, and even birthday parties, were anything but typical for him. That was when C.C. discovered the We Rock the Spectrum – Fenton location, and where she went and became a member to. Seeing the growth in Chance’s processing and social skills prompted C.C. to look into bringing her own We Rock the Spectrum gym to share with her North County St. Louis community. North County STL’s grand opening …

We Rock the Spectrum – Loudoun Grand Opening

The Gulati Family on a sensory safe swing

The We Rock the Spectrum franchise expanded to Northern Virginia on Saturday, February 24th, 2018, as they celebrated the grand opening of We Rock the Spectrum – Loudoun. Anjali and Manish Gulati, the owners of the brand new gym, have two children together – a 5-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old son. Their journey with autism began when their son was diagnosed with ADHD, ASD and SPD in early elementary school. As he grew older, Anjali made it her mission to find places where he would not only feel safe, but also gain the strength and coordination he needed to reach his full potential. After not having much luck finding such a place, Anjali felt it was fate as she stumbled upon the We Rock the Spectrum brand. She knew how much the Northern Virginia area was in need of a facility like this, so she was beyond excited to be able to bring this unique opportunity to her community. The grand opening was one for …

We Rock the Spectrum – Sugar Land Grand Opening

We Rock the Spectrum – Sugar Land brought us our first spectacular grand opening of the year! Margaret and Edmond Lee are the proud new owners of the gym. The Lee’s have two children, Madeline and Jaxson, who have been a great inspiration and joy for their family. Their special needs journey began when their daughter Madeline, was diagnosed with Autism at 2 years old.  One day as Margaret was chaperoning a field trip for her daughter’s school to a We Rock the Spectrum nearby, she saw how amazing and impactful a We Rock the Spectrum gym could be. She wondered how she could bring one to her community because she knew how difficult it can be for a children on the spectrum to navigate through things like a playground when they don’t fit into someone’s vision of how children are “supposed to be.” Margaret found out exactly what she had to do and on January 13th, 2018 she and her husband opened their doors …

We Rock the Spectrum – Dubai Grand Opening

2017 ended on a great note for the We Rock the Spectrum franchise! On Saturday, December 9th, 2017, the sensory kids gym expanded to its second international location, We Rock the Spectrum – Dubai. The new owner is Dr. Nashila Jaffer, and it was on a vacation to Florida that led her on the path to bring her own We Rock the Spectrum gym to the Dubai community. Dr. Jaffer stumbled upon We Rock the Spectrum – Boca Raton, and after taking her two daughters there to put it to the test, she saw how much they enjoyed it and immediately knew Dubai would benefit tremendously from it. Soon after, she joined the We Rock the Spectrum family in June of 2017 and the rest is history!                                             The grand opening celebration was a fun-filled day with some of the Corporate team and our …